Teased last year as being “10 times more ambitious” than Barlow’s most recent work, Immortality has been lurking in a heavily-redacted form on Steam as Project Ambrosio—hints only suggesting at a story taking place across decades.
With the curtains raised, Immortality reveals itself as the story of actress Marissa Marcel, a budding starlet who appeared in only three unreleased movies before vanishing entirely. This teaser doesn’t give us much more than that, but considering Barlow’s previous games, I’d expect we’ll be digging through these buried flicks and documents to piece together what happened to Marcel, and discover why these movies never saw the light of day.
Barlow promised Immortality would be bigger than Telling Lies, mind. To that end, he’s recruited some talented writers to help pen this mystery, including Amelia Gray (Mr Robot), Allan Scott (Queen’s Gambit) and Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart).
Her Story remains one of our favourite games, a thriller that Andy K that “has all the drama and intrigue of the best TV crime shows, but plays to the interactive strengths of the medium in a daring, imaginative way” in his Her Story review. I’m excited to once again see that perfect marriage of suspenseful writing and nonlinear design as we delve into the secrets of Immortality in 2022.
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