The creator of indie gaming hit Her Story has teased his next project, promising a new enigma for fans of the FMV sleeper hit to unravel.
Developer Sam Barlow has hinted at having a complete “one sheet” — in film parlance, a single-page synopsis — for a Her Story 2, signifying movement on the follow-up to last year’s narrative-driven mystery. However, in a series of tweets sent today, he has also confirmed it won’t actually be a sequel.
Instead, expect a ‘spiritual successor’ to the original game, with Barlow confirming that it is “no relation story-wise to Her Story“. Expect a different name too, with “Her Story 2” being merely a working title. However, it will once again be a live action game, with scenes performed by human actors. Asked if he was “doing another game with live acting”, Barlow replied “I think it’d be rude not to.”
The first Her Story was released on Steam and iOS in June 2015, and set players to watching interviews with a suspect, Hannah Smith, (played by British musician and gymnast Viva Seifert) involved in a missing person case. Presented in the form of a database of videotaped police interviews, it’s left to the player to piece together what exactly happened by searching through clips and examining the woman’s testimony.
As narrative experience founded on ambiguity, it perhaps surprisingly struck a chord with audiences, to the point where there’s an entire subreddit dedicated to discussing fan theories about what actually occured. The game went on to win multiple awards, and spearheaded something of a resurgence in FMV use in video games.
Barlow hasn’t yet hinted at a release date for the new game, but if it can challenge players’ approach to narrative and engagement in the same way as its predecessor, it will hopefully be worth the wait.