Chances are good you're getting used to video calls these days. Under quarantine, a co-worker's once-unknown kitchen may now be a daily sight. You might worry that someone will try to crash your company Zoom calls, or are looking into more secure alternatives "just to be safe." In this new context, Telling Lies may look different, but when it comes to consoles on April 28 you'll be playing the same game that wowed folks last year.
Developed by Furious Bee and co-written by Amelia Gray and director Sam Barlow, Telling Lies is the follow-up to Barlow's hit 2015 full-motion video title Her Story. Playing as Karen, a woman in possession of a stolen hard drive, Telling Lies has you comb through video call footage in order to piece together a mystery involving four different people. These people have been surveilled, clearly, but at the outset players have no idea why that's the case.
Telling Lies pulls from series including Westworld and the X-Men films for its acting talent, giving performances that live up to Viva Seifert's turn in Her Story and are worlds apart from corny FMV titles of old. Just as in Her Story, players use database searches to pull up new clips—a peculiar phrase in one part of a conversation may surely pop up in another yet-unseen one, leading you down rabbit holes and ultimately painting a fuller picture of this group's lives.
Windows Central released a new interview with Barlow about the decision to bring Telling Lies to consoles. "It's not like sitting and watching a Netflix show," says Barlow of seeing it on a bigger screen. "It's quite theatrical. There's something really cool about having that footage going up on the screen, having these people speak, completely merging your kind of domestic space with the spaces in the game."
Senior Editor Caty McCarthy reviewed Telling Lies last year and found it a captivating and somewhat paranoia-provoking experience. "The more I watched, the more captivated I was by each person's story," Caty writes. "But the more I would investigate, the more uncomfortable I felt about it. Diving through these four people's lives feels wrong, and it never really stops feeling wrong."
For more on Telling Lies, you can check out our extended interview with Barlow from last year or scope out his recommendations of what you should read, play, and watch before sitting down with the game. If a week's too long to wait, you can purchase Telling Lies for PC or iOS right now.