Return of the Obra Dinn Sails Onto Consoles Later This Month

Return of the Obra Dinn Sails Onto Consoles Later This Month

Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 owners will get a crack at this nautical mystery in a few weeks.

PC and Mac owners got to solve the mystery of Return of the Obra Dinn last year, and soon console gamers will have a shot at it too (grab a pen and a pad of paper, seriously). Ports of Return of the Obra Dinn are coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 18.

Lucas Pope, creator of Return of the Obra Dinn and 2013's acclaimed "dystopian document thriller" Papers, Please, announced the launch date on Twitter. The console versions are coming a year to the day after the initial release of Return of the Obra Dinn.

Presented entirely in a striking 1-bit style, Return of the Obra Dinn is a first-person puzzle game where you play as an insurance adjuster tasked with assessing what happened on a ghost ship. While navigating the eerie vessel, a magical pocket watch lets you flash back to the moment a person died-then you've got to leverage your detective skills to figure out just who each person is and how they died. For USG's Caty McCarthy, that entailed lots and lots of scribbled down notes.

First announced via Nintendo's Direct stream in September, work on the Return of the Obra Dinn ports is being handled primarily by London-based developers Warp Digital.

Lucas Pope picked up a few notable awards for Return of the Obra Dinn in the past year, including the Seamus McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Game Festival Awards and two for Game Design and Artistic Achievement at the British Academy Game Awards. Return of the Obra Dinn also slotted in at number 14 on USG's Top 20 Games of 2018.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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