Walkabout Games and Atomic Wolf have announced that Liberated will release on Nintendo Switch, an interactive tech-noir graphical novel that will see you leap between frames.
Told in four chapters, players will control different characters as they experience a story about a world where government authorities use advanced technology to manipulate the population. Civil rights have become a thing of the past. The government engages in complete surveillance of every citizen in the world, whether that be monitoring their social media activity, online payments, or GPS location.
Insurgents resist this oppression, continuing to fight for their freedom as government agents try to maintain order and control. You will experience both sides of this conflict, with every choice they make changing the course of the story.
Liberated transitions seamlessly from choice-based branching story sequences to fully playable action sequences as the action moves from panel to panel. That results in a motion comic that is brought to life with 2.5D platforming, stealth mechanics, shootouts, and quick-time events.
“The way technology is being used to aid government control has changed drastically in the 21st century and we wanted to explore the dangers of where it’s seemingly headed,” explains Atomic Wolf creative director Marek Czerniak. “Liberated explores this in a nuanced, pragmatic way, with a stylish blend of motion comics and gameplay that keeps things brisk, stylish, and on the edge of your seat!”
Walkabout Games co-founder Robert Purzycki adds: “When we first saw what Liberated was up to we were instantly hooked! It’s exploring real issues that we grapple with every day as we wrestle with both the advantages and perils of technology, social media, and the stranglehold corporations have over us. We think it’s one of the most thought-provoking games on the horizon and can’t wait to hear players discuss it!”
Liberated will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in 2019.