Next game from Papers, Please creator involves Cape of Good Hope and a mysterious cargo ship

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Lucas Pope, creator of 2013’s critically acclaimed border control empathy game ‘Papers, Please,’ has announced the subject of his next game on The Independent Gaming forums, revealing a story that takes place in the 1800’s and involves the appearance of a mysterious merchant ship at the port of London…


The story setup for Pope’s next game, Return of the Obra Dinn, goes a little something like this:

“In 1802, the merchant ship ‘Obra Dinn’ set out from London for the Orient with over 200 tons of trade goods. Six months later it hadn’t met its rendezvous point at the Cape of Good Hope and was declared lost at sea. “Early this morning of October 14th, 1808, the Obra Dinn drifted into port with sails damaged and no visible crew.”

You play as an insurance adjuster for the infamous trading organisation, the East India Company, and it’ll be up to you to find a way to board the Obra Dinn, find the captain’s logbook and discover what happened to the ship.

Pope writes that the game’s visuals will be inspired by the detailed ‘1-bit’ graphics of 1980s Mac computer games (similar to the image above), but this game will be played from the first-person, and in real time. Pope continues:

“I plan to push it grittier and less cartoon-like than those old games; the hard part will be keeping everything legible without it becoming an unreadable mess of dithered pixels.

“One interesting problem with 1-bit rendering is that it doesn’t scale well for images… We’ll see how it goes.”

Pope’s last game, ‘Papers, Please’ gained tremendous critical acclaim so it’ll be very interesting to see how he follows it up with what sounds like a mystery adventure game of sorts.

Source: TIGSource via VG247

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