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Twelve Minutes gets a release date: Aug. 19

Coming to Xbox Game Pass on launch day

12 Minutes Image: Luis Antonio/Annapurna Interactive
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Twelve Minutes, publisher Annapurna Interactive’s point-and-click adventure game played in 12 minute loops, will be released on Aug. 19, Microsoft announced Sunday during its E3 presentation. The game will be available on Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X — and available on launch day via Xbox Game Pass.

Twelve Minutes is developed by Luis Antonio, who first showcased the game at PAX East in 2015. Since then, the game has gotten a visual upgrade, and a Hollywood voice cast featuring James McAvoy and Daisy Ridley playing the main character — the guy in the time loop— and his wife, respectively. Willem Dafoe plays Twelve Minutes’ intruder.

In May, Polygon spoke with Twelve Minutes developer Antonio and played through two time loops. “There’s no bad character in the game,” Antonio said, noting that even the intruder has his reasons for doing what he does. “Any judgment will come from you.”

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