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Posts tagged “Variable State”

Annapurna delay 12 Minutes, Last Stop and The Artful Escape into 2021

With only a month and a bit to go 'til we ring in the new year, Annapurna Interactive this week announced that their remaining slate of 2020 releases will no longer launch this year. 12 Minutes, The Artful Escape and Last Stop have instead been pushed back to next year - and while the publishers haven't given specifics over the trio of delays, they reckon…

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Last Stop is the new game from the makers of Virginia

Variable State, the studio being the striking vignette 'em up Virginia, today announced their next game. Last Stop is a supernatural mystery in present-day London with three playable characters who get tangled in the same quite strange and awful spookening, and I'm well up for it. While Virginia had no dialogue (to excellent effect), this one's a proper chatty one with voice acting and all,…

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Feature: Independent Games Festival

The Electronic Wireless Show – IGF Special #4: Visual Storytelling

Podcast klaxon. The Electronic Wireless Show has recently awoken from the depths and has been going on a rampage, talking to developers like Tim Keenan of Duskers about science-fiction and Christine Love of Ladykiller in a Bind about sex, among many other industry sorts. We're like real radio journalists!In the final episode of this special run, we are talking to the makers of hack 'n'…

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Feature: CUT TO: You reading and enjoying this

How Virginia’s Cinematic Editing Works

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Virginia [official site].Virginia is a new game from studio Variable State about two FBI agents investigating the disappearance of a child. But its story is less about that mystery than it is about the lines you draw between the fragmentary events, images, locations and characters you…

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Feature: Twin Piqued

Virginia review

I’m delighted to say that Virginia [official site] was not at all about what I thought it would be, what it seemed to be. Pretty early on, its narrative took a surprising sideways step, a sudden and yet fluid motion that made it feel fresh, exciting and unpredictable. It was the first of a series of such steps the game would take, crabbing its way…

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Meet FBI Agent Anne Tarver In This New Virginia Trailer

David Lynch-inspired, small town whodunnit Virginia [official site] is gearing up for its launch next week and has released a new character trailer in preparation. We get a closer look at the game's protagonist, Anne Tarver.She's an FBI agent, fresh on the scene after graduation. She drives around Virginia with her partner, Maria Halperin, as they try to solve the case of a missing boy.…

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Mysterious Girl: Virginia Gets Cinematic Trailer

Right, I'm going to level with you: I'm really behind on Virginia [official site] news because I want to go into it as fresh as is feasible while retaining my job on this PC gaming website. Single-player mystery thrillers involving FBI agents are very much my area of interest and I do prefer mysteries where I know very little about them going in.With that in…

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First-Person Investigator: Virginia Gets A Demo

It's been ages since we last visited the Twin Peaks-inspired-ish first-person vignette 'em up Virginia [official site] but whoa hey hello, here's a release date and a demo out of nowhere. The demo is about twenty minutes long, offering a taste of life as a '90s FBI agent investigating a missing child in a small town and answering basic questions like "Okay but what is…

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Feature: Into the night

Virginia Hands-On: 30 Flights Of Lynchian

Virginia is an upcoming first-person 'interactive drama' infused with unabashed Twin Peaks and X-Files influences, which had already very much piqued the interest of Alice and Adam. I played a short demo build at the EGX games show over the weekend.It's not fair on any game that's primarily about tone and mood to experience it whilst sat a stone's throw from a man bellowing into…

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Feature: Murders, Mysteries, Mulholland

A Mysterious State Of Mind: Virginia Interview

Virginia set up camp in our collective consciousness the moment we saw its stylish agents and what looked like a small town diner. Inspired by Twin Peaks, The Outer Limits and The X-Files, it's a game about the investigation into a missing person case in one of America's first States. This is an America in touch with its fictional history as well as its actual…

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Damn Fine! Twin Peaks-ish, X-Files-y Virginia Announced

Virginia was made for me, you need to understand. Other '90s weird kids might feel that too, but it's for me. A weird first-person "interactive drama" with low-fi untextured polygons and a period story inspired by Twin Peaks and The X-Files? It couldn't be for anyone else.Two FBI agents (two non-white ladies, unless I'm mistaken) investigating a missing child in a small town where the…

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