Following on from their acclaimed Ether One for its portrayal of dementia and memory, White Paper Games’ next work is no less experimental. A first person investigative thriller, The Occupation is due out on 9th October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
I don’t think you can get more obviously allegorical than The Occupation’s set up, despite it being set in the late 1980s. The British government is trying to force through The Union Act, a controversial legislation that will impact the entire populace, doing so off the back of a domestic terrorist attack that shook the nation. You play a journalist right in the middle of an investigation to try and uncover what really happened.
The set up might be a little on the nose, but the manner in which the game will play out is fascinating, bending around how and when you act. In-game events taking place in real time, so guards will have a particular patrol route that lasts several minutes through a building, and there’s both different ways to investigate the conspiracy. You can influence characters’ actions and behaviours to get what you need, whether you take a more direct route and risk getting caught.
We’ve played a slice of it and will have a preview soon, but it came across as a mix between walking simulator at some points and fraught stealth game at others. This is certainly one to keep an eye on.
Source: press release