Adventure games tend to be solo experiences, but sometimes it's nice (and occasionally even necessary) to have some help, even if you don't ever see your partner. One such dual-character puzzler is coming soon to PC and consoles in the form of A Brave Plan's The Bradwell Conspiracy.
The future looks bright in 2026, thanks to progressive companies like Bradwell Electronics and its highly-touted "Clean Water Initiative," which promises a "technical breakthrough guaranteed to change the world." You're invited to the launch of the new program at the "prestigious Stonehenge Museum" but something goes disastrously wrong. Blinded by a "searing bright light," you later "wake up, disoriented – your throat ragged and raw." Elsewhere in all the chaos is "another survivor, Amber – trapped on the other side of a locked doorway." Although separated, the two of you must find a way to work together in order to escape and hopefully find answers to questions like: "What triggered the explosion? Has the mystery of Stonehenge finally been solved? Is Bradwell actually the kind and compassionate company it appears?"
Fully voiced, scored by Austin Wintory, and presented in a "Brutalist art style," The Bradwell Conspiracy promises a "highly-stylized, narrative-driven first-person experience" that features "an assortment of innovative puzzles and lore-enriching secrets" to uncover as you become unwittingly caught up in "a world of corporate duplicity." If you're to succeed, you'll need to make use of an "original 3D-printing gameplay mechanic, used to solve the many challenging puzzles throughout." Complicating matters is that while Amber can speak to you, because of your damaged vocal chords you are only able to communicate with her via the "Bradwell Guide Glasses photographic messaging" system to send images. As the bond between the two of you begins to grow and you find yourself "delving deeper and deeper into the bowels of the company's secret underground complex, a sickening truth begins to dawn."
While the name A Brave Plan may not ring any bells, the team is comprised of "award-winning BAFTA luminaries and AAA veterans, with over 60 years of combined experience" working on titles such as Fable, Batman, Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed Origins. Their first independent effort has no firm release date just yet, but is due to launch on Steam for Windows PC by the end of the year, along with PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions on console, with an Apple Arcade release to follow. To learn more about the game, be sure to drop by the official website, as well as the company pages of Bradwell Electronics, though we can't vouch for the veracity of its claims.