Undeclared developer releases time travel trailer for his latest game

(Image credit: Wadjet Eye Games)

You can keep your big-budget games with their rooms full of writers sweating to replicate the beats and drama of Hollywood blockbusters; some of the best video game writing has come from some of its smaller studios, and this is not the first time I’m highlighting the brilliance of Dave Gilbert and Wadjet Eye Studios. The developer behind wonderful point-and-click games like the Blackwell series and unconfessed has a knack for telling mature, nuanced stories, exploring serious philosophical and psychological topics through the filter of modern ghost stories.

The studio has long been working on a new game called Old Skies, and now that game has a trailer to go with it, giving us a much better idea of ​​what we’re up against.

The story follows Fia Quinn, who works for a time travel agency that transports wealthy people into the past – whether out of sheer curiosity or unfinished business. Over the course of the game, you follow seven of these travelers through various time periods, primarily set around what appears to be Gilbert, New York’s eternal setting of choice (which, I might add, he’s always done an amazing job of capturing throughout his courageous eccentricity). Judging by the trailer, things go wrong, shots are fired and the space-time continuum breaks down.

The most notable departure from previous Wadjet games is that Old Skies has a hand-painted art style. It feels fluid and polished, with some lovely animations, though as a fan of Unavowed’s pixel art it takes a little getting used to. Surprisingly, Old Skies is being made using the same open source AGS engine used to make the studio’s previous games.

No release date has been set yet, but that leaves plenty of time to explore the studio’s older work if you haven’t already. Interestingly, three years ago Gilbert made a free short game of Old Skies for a Game Jam, apparently with the same premise as this one. It was made in Unity in two weeks, and it’s fully 3D and all! You may download here (opens in new tab) if you’re curious.

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