Today marks the release of Variable State’s debut title Virginia. The title has already received a lot of attention; with some claiming it to be possibly this year’s most promising game (Eurogamer.net) and for good reason. But just what is this game?
Anywhere that you look for information about Virginia one key phrase will keep popping up: interactive drama. This is very much at the center of the thought behind this game. You step into the shoes of a recently graduated FBI agent and her partner as they track down a missing child.
Don’t expect to be running around with a gun, or chasing down suspects though. From what the demo and trailer has shown us; Virginia is very much a game that considers the role of the mind in this investigation. The developers have made no secret of commenting on the inspiration behind some of the surrealistic aspects of the game; with homage being paid to Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and The Outer Limits. So expect a balance of cosmetic chaos and hiding underneath – possibly – a very intriguing story.
The surreal nature of the game, along with the narrative driven approach to gameplay, suggests that if you enjoyed games like D4, Deadly Premonitions, Fahrenheit or Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture then this game is probably something you’re going to enjoy.
As you can probably tell from the title – I’m really not sure what to expect from this game, all I know is that I am excited from the glimpses I have seen so far. The use of cinematic and soundtrack seem to correspond to the intended atmosphere of the game in a manner that should keep you playing. You can play the free demo on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam now and you can download the full game from each respective online store. Enjoy!
What do you think? Have you played the game yet? Does it seem like something you’re going to play? Let me know in the comments and why not follow me on Twitter @jreetun – I don’t post pictures of cats… Anymore.