White Paper Games has just released a new gameplay trailer for their upcoming game The Occupation.
The game is set in the 1980’s a time of barely contained excess, painted over with glitz and glamour, but still dirty and seedy. It’s into this world of neon shadows that the player is thrown as a British journalist trying to unravel a major conspiracy. As you gather more clues and interact with the world, your circumstances are bound to change according to the choices you make.
The Occupation takes first-person investigation mechanics to a new level, with a major focus on both real-time storytelling and consequences. The developers spent a ton of time making sure this thematic game was not only immersive, but that the story felt harsh and weighted. The actions you take in the course of the investigation have gameplay-altering consequences, and you need to be aware of that and balance the outcomes your desire against the stakes at play.
The game makes extensive use of non-linear levels and narrative structure to force the player to pay attention to tiny details. As you retrace the steps of characters around you, you need to pick up on what seems out of the ordinary in order to piece together what’s really going on. You can be either methodical and pedantic, or direct and forceful, but you need to make that choice and stick to it, as the course of the game could punish too much dawdling.
Here’s the official description of the story and gameplay:
It’s 1987 in North West England; A time of 80’s British pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties of the population to be rushed into place. You are tasked with investigating and questioning people on their actions from a tumultuous night which resulted in the loss of many lives. Each person has a different account of the night’s event and you must use the tools at your disposal to get the results you need for your investigation.
The game is due for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on March 5th. Check out the trailer for the game down below.