The truth may set you free, but Telling Lies promises to be a rousing good time when indie developer Sam Barlow releases his upcoming "spiritual follow-up" to Her Story.
Barlow took the gaming world completely by surprise in 2015, blending keyword-based investigation with hours of compelling live-action video interviews. While plot details of the new game are still scarce at this time, Telling Lies will be an "all-new narrative game that will expand upon the unique format of Her Story by delving into multiple characters, exploring the extent to which we can ever truly know those we love."
According to an article in Variety, the game will be in "the vein of a political thriller" that features the same general interactive movie approach as its predecessor, but with an original story, new characters and settings. Barlow compares it to Steve McQueen’s Shame combined with Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation. With additional resources provided by publisher Annapurna Interactive this time around, Barlow can "raise production values" from the distinctly indie presentation of Her Story. Filming is set to begin late this year or early in 2018, with the publisher directly responsible for "all production tasks for the live-action video component."
There is currently no release target for Telling Lies, and as yet it's unknown what platforms it will be available on, but we'll be keeping a close eye on the game in the coming months. (Honest.)