Bandai Namco Steps into Narrative Adventure Genre with Twin Mirror

A publishing first for Bandai Namco

Bandai Namco has announced that they will be publishing psychological thriller Twin Mirror, marking the company’s first publishing-related venture into the narrative adventure genre.

Developed by Live is Strange creator DONTNOD, Twin Mirrror features a malleable, player-driven story in which players will take control of Sam, a 33-year-old investigative journalist, through the harsh realities of Basswood, West Virginia, its dark secrets lurking underneath, and his own personal struggles.

Twin Mirror is a game heavily rooted in the concept of duality, redemption and self-acceptance and is on track to deliver a stunning emotional journey,” said DONTNOD CEO Oskar Guilbert. “While we were scripting the player’s investigations within the game, we suddenly found ourselves researching just how far the limits of the Narrative Adventure genre could be pushed in the real world. When the dust settled, all evidence pointed towards Twin Mirror being a genre-re-defining experience. Now, we can’t wait to see how the players react when all the pieces of their investigation fall into place within the game.”

Players will guide Sam who, after recently experiencing a particularly difficult breakup, finds himself returning home to bury an old friend. One day, Sam finds himself waking up with a bloody shirt and no memories of the previous night, thus sending him out on an investigation to discover the truth. Players will be faced with a number of decisions along their way, many of which will be difficult, but each decision they make will ultimately lead them closer to finding the truth, and Sam’s place in the world.

“Now more than ever, gamers are seeking out narrative journeys that not only progress the story in a particular direction but force them to make difficult moral decisions that impact the outcome in real, dramatic ways,” said Vice President of Marketing for Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. Eric Hartness.

Twin Mirror is our first entry into the world of Narrative adventures, and by partnering with the creative artists at DONTNOD, we are working to create a title that not only meets and exceed the high standard they’ve set but forms the foundation for new and compelling narrative adventures in the years to come,” said Vice President of Marketing & Digital for Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe Hervé Hoerdt.

Twin Mirror is slated to release sometime in 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Are you looking forward to DONTNOD’s next narrative adventure? Let us know in the comments below!


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