Telling Lies, the follow-up to 2015’s breakout FMV hit Her Story, will be a political thriller with several key characters, according the game’s creator Sam Barlow.
The new game was officially unveiled in a Variety interview with Barlow, who provided a number of baseline details on the project. Telling Lies will be a spiritual successor to Her Story, featuring a similar approach to interactive storytelling on a much larger scale. Although Barlow was tight-lipped about the specifics of the new game, he did reveal that he has used Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film The Conversation as a key reference point.
Barlow has partnered with Annapurna Interactive (What Remains of Edith Finch) to publish Telling Lies, with the company being able to offer the project greater scope, possibly including the hiring of Hollywood talent to take on some of the roles.
The project is currently in the scripting stage, with shooting for the FMV sequences set to take place in either late 2017 or early 2018. Discussing the process of writing, Barlow said that he’s “looking at what happens when you throw a player at [the story], who can attack it from any number of angles… It’s the opposite of traditional cinema… In this, the audience is in control—we have space where the player can jump around. We can let scenes run and unspool. Some scenes have very little spoken dialogue. It will create a very different experience than 60-minute TV show.”
Her Story was highly acclaimed for the novel use of storytelling, which required players to search through a database using keywords to unlock video clips of a woman’s interviews with police about a missing man.
Telling Lies does not yet have a release date or target platforms, but will likely launch on mobile and PC, similarly to Barlow’s previous game.