Sam Barlow, the creator of the critically acclaimed FMV video game Immortality, has teased two upcoming projects and a third that is currently on hold.
The founder of Half Mermaid Productions took to Twitter to offer a cryptic look at what he called the "Half Mermaid alphabet," where he described his plans for the studio.
"Project A(mbrosio) - released as Immortality, Project B(astille) - paused game, the world isn't ready for our take on the French Revolution yet, Project C - next level FMV, hold onto your seats [and] Project D - reinventing 3rd person horror again."
Project C and Project D also received some very mysterious Steam listings, which looked more like redacted top secret documents than traditional landing pages on Valve's popular digital PC game storefront.
Chunks of the games' descriptions and names have been redacted with big blocks, begging all sorts of questions.
Sam Barlow's games have a track record of providing gripping and thought-provoking storylines for players. Released in 2022, Immortality received a great deal of praise from fans and critics alike. Following the story of fictional actress Marissa Marcel, Immortality takes players on a high-concept journey centered around a pair of immortal beings and their interactions with humanity.
Immortality was nominated for Best Narrative, Best Performance, and Best Game Direction at The Game Awards 2022, It also won the BAFTA for Narrative in March 2023 as well as the Independent Games Festival award for Excellence in Narrative in the same year.
Barlow is also known for his work on Her Story and Telling Lies, two more FMV-focused, story-driven titles released in 2015 and 2019 respectively.
Though we don't yet know much about Project C or Project D, Barlow has a proven history with the genre. Here at TechRadar Gaming, we can't wait to see where Barlow and Half Mermaid's upcoming games take us.
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