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Liberated blends noir comic art style with Inside-style gameplay

Developers promise action, stealth, puzzles, and platforming

Liberated is a new “playable graphic novel” from the small independent team at Atomic Wolf. The action-adventure game seems heavily inspired by atmospheric side-scrollers like Limbo and Inside, but plays out on the pages of a living comic book. You can see the game’s first trailer embedded above, and on YouTube.

The biggest hook in Liberated might not actually be the presentation. It’s likely the narrative, which has a ripped-from-the-headlines, tech-noir vibe. From today’s press release:

It’s also a story about how a democracy can slowly slip into authoritarianism. How extremism can be bred and cultivated through information. We’re dealing with the abuse of personal data and state-driven misinformation, so we live in a world where truth is relative. A revolution is coming, and we’ll be showing the story from multiple opposing perspectives.

It’s a noir-near future where things have gone to shit, that really isn’t very far off.

A playable scene in Liberated with a character scoring a kill in a dimly lit dormitory area. Atomic Wolf/L.INC and Walkabout
A cutscene in Liberated, which includes an animated still from the pages of a comic book. A car speeds into the night while the passenger says, “Ok, let’s talk, what do you want?” Atomic Wolf/L.INC and Walkabout
A masked figure holding a document appears on all the signage along a crowded city street in Liberated. Atomic Wolf/L.INC and Walkabout
A newborn baby on a black background fills the cover of a pamphlet titled “Liberated.” A white mask lies beside them. Atomic Wolf/L.INC and Walkabout

Liberated doesn’t have a release date yet, but the platforms are locked down. Expect it for PC via Steam and GOG, as well as Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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