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First glimpses of Her Story pieced together in debut trailer

“If you can Google, you can play."

That may sound like a strange qualification for a video game, but not when the game is Her Story, an upcoming live-action, non-linear crime story in which you must piece together evidence exclusively through filmed interview archives.

In Her Story, your own computer becomes a police terminal that allows access to seven different 1994 video interviews in which "a British woman is interviewed by detectives about her missing husband." Instead of merely viewing the video footage passively, however, in order to find relevant details you must "type search queries and the database returns clips of the answers where the woman speaks those words."

While the investigative concept may be simple, indie developer Sam Barlow, perhaps best known to adventure gamers as the writer/designer of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, claims that "it’s a mechanic that quickly reveals its richness and complexity. At times it can feel like you’re engaged in a genuine dialogue with this woman and her story. It’s a unique way to interact with a narrative, a sculptural way of viewing a story – and something that can only be done interactively.”

When asked about the actual objective, Barlow responded that "there is a end-game of sorts, triggered somewhat organically", but that the focus isn't on "solving the case" so much as exploring the suspect (played by actress/musician Viva Seifert) and scenario more deeply. It's a very personal process, as he went on to note: "What's fun about the game is that some players might get the 'specifics' of the crime quite quickly, so they're playing a Columbo style story where you know the who but perhaps not the why. Others might get a conventional whodunnit if they unravel the story more linearly, etc. It's fascinating how robust stories can be, how they can cope with being rearranged quite dramatically."

There is currently no firm release date for Her Story, but the game is due to arrive soon on PC, Mac and iOS devices. If you'd like to see it available on Steam, you can vote for the game now on Greenlight.

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