Sony announces Erica, an FMV (full motion video) game with a female protagonist. Described as an “interactive live action drama”, Eric was revealed during the PlayStation showcase at Paris Games Week 2017.
The PlayStation Paris Games Week event also included a new (but divisive) trailer for The Last of Us Part Two as well as new gameplay of Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Erica is the Latest PS4 Game With a Female Protagonist
Developed by digital entertainment studio Flavourworks, Erica follows the titular female character as she deals with “a traumatic childhood experience that continues to haunt her into adulthood.” After an old family friend gets in touch to tell the lead that her memories could help to catch a killer, the killer soon contacts Erica too.
As the protagonist decides who to believe, it’s up to players to make decisions for her, watching them play out on-screen like a movie. The upcoming PS4 exclusive has no 3D graphics at all, explains Flavourworks in a post on the PlayStation Blog, and so players are “interacting with a film that has no visible interruptions so it feels utterly cinematic.”
Erica is a PlayLink game and so like Hidden Agenda, the female-led detective game released on PS4 last month, players will be able to make these decisions using the accompanying smartphone/tablet app. While some interactions are as small as wiping a tear from Erica’s face or turning a key in a lock, Flavourworks says that physical actions will have an impact on the scene.
How players choose to interact with the scene also makes an impact too, for example, “if you open a door forcefully instead of gently, Erica might attract unwanted attention.” Plus, “all player choices have an impact on the story and in addition.” Players will have to think carefully as they interact with the game’s movie-like world.
Erica looks like it has a lot of promise and fans are already intrigued at seeing where their decisions might take them (and Erica herself) and how this sinister situation might play out. Flavourworks promises to reveal more about the game in the coming months so watch this space.
Erica does not currently have a release date but will be released on PS4.
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