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Everything Unlimited announced their newest game, The Beginner's Guide. It's a narrative driven game following up on their first-person, existential mind-puzzler The Stanley Parable. Details are sketchy but the concept seems interesting.
Game Informer dropped some light details on the title, explaining that the game is due for release on October 1st. Designer David Wreden didn't explain much about the game, but it is a first-person narrative title.
The developer actually got his start in modding. The original Stanley Parable launched as a mod for Garry's Mod, which in itself started as a mod for Half-Life 2. It's always fascinating to see how modding culture has evolved and taken off to branch out from other titles and become their own thing.
For Everything Unlimited they have been in the scene since 2011 and have managed to make a name for themselves following on the success of the Stanley Parable mod, with a standalone game that launched in the fall of 2013. The Stanley Parable was met with a lot of critical praise for its narrative branches and how the entire game was built around replayability and the choices that players could make to affect the outcome of the game in a number of different ways.
Gamers loved Everything Unlimited's title so much that it went on to sell a million copies, and garnered enough revenue to allow the independent developers to start working on their current project, The Beginner's Guide.
Game Informer posted up six screenshots of the title but there is absolutely nothing in the screenshots to glean any sort of context for what the player-character will do or what sort of scenario it takes place in. In fact, the screenshots are wildly disparate, showing a stage in one shot and a house in the middle of a white room in the next. One of the screenshots shows what looks like a despondent character with a head that says “Research” on it, sitting down in front of a door, skewed crookedly on a wall with stars sprawled across it.
There's another shot of a house sitting in a snowy, mountainous area with a glowing light in the distance. It appears as if the player will venture up to the house and do whatever it is that has to be done in the house.
Another image showcases trees floating on what appears to be isles in a white space. I have no idea what is supposed to be happening in the screenshot with the floating trees but it looks intriguing.
The Stanley Parable could be considered as a walking simulator, but the experience is thoroughly reliant on the choices made by the player, so it was given a pass by a lot of gamers based on that concept. If The Beginner's Guide handles itself in a similar manner it just might dabble in the same success as Everything Unlimited's preceding title.
Some part of me is hoping that The Beginner's Guide is similar to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but I guess we'll have to wait until October 1st to see just what the game is like. You can keep an eye on the title by paying a visit to the official website.