Developer Dontnod Entertainment has released a trailer which offers insight into Twin Mirror’s innovative gameplay.
The narrated trailer, showing scenes from Lost on Arrival – the first of the game’s three planned episodes – introduces protagonist Sam Hicks, returning to his hometown of Basswood for a friend’s funeral. Hicks has an imaginary travelling companion: his alter ego who, the narrator explains, has the self-confidence that Sam lacks, offers a manifestation of his instincts for self-preservation and represents: “The concept of duality, which is at the core of Twin Mirror’s narrative experience and at the heart of its innovative gameplay.”
The trailer also explains a key gameplay mechanic: Sam’s Mind Palace, an imaginary space in which he can reconstruct events he can’t recall and can go over possible scenarios, in order to highlight areas for further investigation, and solve puzzles and challenges.
Twin Mirror will see Dontnod Entertainment return to similar territory to that explored in its hugely successful Life Is Strange games (after a foray into non-episodic gaming with Vampyr). Like Life Is Strange, it will explore small-town life in “America’s Rust Belt”. Dontnod Entertainment and publisher Bandai Namco have announced that the first episode of Twin Mirror will be released “In 2019” for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. For more information, keep an eye on the game’s website.