The creator of Papers Please has revealed his next project.
Lucas Pope announced via TIG Forums that he is currently working on a 3D first-person mystery game set on an East Indiaman merchant ship.
Titled “Return of the Obra Dinn”, it will be set in the 1808.
The synopsis read: “In 1802, the merchant ship ‘Obra Dinn’ set out from London for the Orient with over 200 tons of trade goods. 6 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. An insurance adjustor for the East India Company’s London Office find means to board the ship and recover the captain’s logbook for assessment.”
Pope also said that he hopes to “capture the detailed back & white look of old Mac games in a real time 1st person game”.
“I want to challenge myself so this’ll be a very different game from anything I’ve done before, including Papers Please,” said Pope, speaking of his goals.
“There will be less creativity with the gameplay and instead I want to experiment with the rendering, story, and a few technical features. Right now I have only a rough idea about the narrative.”
“I’m hoping to capture a compelling mystery with suspense and twists in the limited space of an old merchant sailing ship. It won’t be the typical ‘collect items and look for clues’ structure. There’s a slightly cool gameplay hook but I won’t go into details on that until much later.”
Unlike previous old Mac games, he promised it’d be grittier and less cartoon-like.
Pope’s previous title, Papers Please, was released last August for PC and earned critical acclaim worldwide.
It has gone on to sell over 500,000 copies and won a BAFTA Award earlier this year for Best Simulation Game.