Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle writer and designer Sam Barlow has recently announced a new indie project, called Her Story.
Set in 1994, it’s a crime fiction game with a non-linear story that revolves around a police database with hours of live action footage. The crime in question involves the disappearance of a woman’s husband, and the video footage is seven police interviews with her. The mechanics of this game are simple, but unique: you type search queries to pull up clips that involve those words. It’s as simple as Googling.
But why did Barlow decide to use live action clips, something I haven’t really seen in a game since the ’90s? He explains on the Her Story website:
“The aesthetic is True Detective via Blair Witch. I’m interested in showing that accessible technologies such as video offer a powerful way for indie games to showcase a performance. I am also putting the spotlight on the modern phenomena of the Youtube Jury, in which police forces distribute the footage of intimate suspect interviews for armchair detectives to dissect. You see it in cases such as those of Jodi Arias and Amanda Knox — cases where the suspects’ stories themselves get lost amongst the torrent of cliches and prejudices that the videos elicit.”
Her Story stars Viva Seifert, an actress and half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark.
If you’re looking for a unique narrative game experience, I think Her Story is going to be the game for you. You can preorder the game now and have your name appear in the credits, and/or greenlight the game on Steam. Her Story is set to be released in early 2015 on PC, Mac, and iOS.
//All screenshots via the Her Story official website.