Return of the Obra Dinn, the next game from Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope, got a new trailer yesterday showing more of its stylized visuals and providing deeper hints at the story inside this nautical mystery.
Return of the Obra Dinn’s looks pay homage to the very low-resolution, digitized graphics of adventure games for the Macintosh back in the 1980s. But the perspective and the motion shown in the trailer make it clear this is anything but a hypercard stack game.
Billed as “an insurance adventure with minimal color,” Return of the Obra Dinn tasks the player with uncovering the story of what happened to the ship. The player takes on the role of an insurance company’s investigator looking into what befell the titular ship, a vessel in the East India Company.
The game is set in 1807, when the ghost ship washes up in port five years after it had gone missing. The player must unravel the fates of every crew member on board. In terms of gameplay, it appears to be a narrative puzzle, with the player employing flashback sequences to progress through locked doors and areas aboard the ship.
The Return of the Obra Dinn does not yet have a launch date, other than “coming soon.” Nonetheless, we’ve counted it among our most anticipated games for 2018. Given Pope’s resumé with Papers, Please, it should be one worth watching when it does launch, for PC and Mac.