Dontnod's Twin Mirror Ditches the Episodic Structure, Will Launch This Year

Dontnod's Twin Mirror Ditches the Episodic Structure, Will Launch This Year

Who says you can't go home?

Revealed in 2018, Dontnod Entertainment's wild investigate thriller Twin Mirror resurfaced today at the PC Gaming Show. Due out this year, Twin Mirror is shifting away from Dontnod's usual episodic release schedule and towards a full, singular launch in 2020.

In a press release today, Dontnod says that to "meet expectations" of both the community and adventure game fans, the studio is launching Twin Mirror as a single game, rather than in episodic chunks. This is so players will be able to experience the story "without interruptions."

Focused on former investigative journalist Sam Higgs, the story of Twin Mirror dives deep into Sam's past as he tries to grapple with his demons. Reconnecting with the inhabitants of Basswood, while also uncovering its secrets, it seems like things get strange quick during Sam's visit.

This is also Dontnod's first self-published game, and the studio has partnered with Epic Games for distribution and brought on a co-producer in Shibuya Productions. All of this hopefully contributes to Twin Mirror hitting harder as a single experience, rather than episodes over time.

The episodic structure hasn't exactly been a negative for Dontnod in the past, but its developers have been honest about the drawbacks as well. Speaking to USgamer last December, Life is Strange 2 co-director Michel Koch said the scale of the game could make episodic work complicated due to each entry being its own game, in a way.

"You have to begin it, finish it, push it to the stores and debug it, everything," said Koch. "So each episode is almost the same process as a big game, but then you have to directly go work and do the next episode, etcetera."

Hopefully this new approach makes things easier on the team. Dontnod is also working on another story-driven game called Tell Me Why, that was announced at last year's X019 event and was set for launch this summer.

Twin Mirror will launch for Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Epic Games Store later this year. The PC version will be a timed exclusive for the Epic store for one year.

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