I’ll never forget 7th Guest, this PC horror puzzle game from the 90s, and how almost kitschy it was to see live action inserted into the game. Now, especially with developers like Wales Interactive and their games Her Story, The Bunker, and a brand new title Late Shift, games done entirely in live action look amazing. They are the choose-your-own-adventure of film and video games, not unlike some comic book games like Wolf Among Us.
Late Shift is developed by both Wales Interactive and CrtlMovie, the latter possessing the technology necessary to achieve such FMV (full-motion video) games. And who else could write this action packed game than Michael R. Johnson, responsible for the 2009 Sherlock Holmes starring the wit and wisdom of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
The game itself will be “a high stakes FMV crime thriller. After being forced into the robbery of a lucrative auction house, mathematics student Matt [to be played by Joe Sowerbutts (I Capture the Castle)] is left proving his innocence in the brutal London heist. Your choices will have consequences from the very start, right through to the very end. One small decision could change the entire outcome in a choose-your-own-adventure style gameplay that can lead to one of seven conclusions.”
Late Shift will be coming out April 2017 on Steam for $12.49, hopefully with a more precise date as we get closer to the month. If you’d like to pre-order it, the game will be available later today at 20% off.