Introduced during Microsoft’s E3 panel, Annapurna Interactive’s game 12 Minutes is a top-down game about choices and Groundhog Day–esque time loops. Players will have to make their choices carefully to escape a twelve minute time loop and save themselves and their wife. The game’s official website references The Shining, Rear Window, and Memento while describing the game. The game is developed by Luis Antonio, who did art for The Witness. The Witness was a 2016 single-player game where players explored an island and solved puzzles. The best way to describe it is as a spiritual successor to Myst. You can check out our review for The Witness here.
In the top-down trailer, a husband and wife are having a romantic dinner as the wife prepares to give her husband some exciting news. However, the dinner turns tense when the husband knows everything his wife is going to tell him. How does he know all of this? Because he’s lived this all before. A police detective then comes by to arrest his wife for a murder we can only assume she didn’t do. The husband tries to stop the police detective, but is brutally beaten, causing him to jump back in time to when he arrives home. Players will have to find how to keep themselves and their wife alive while finding a way to break of out this 12 minute the time loop.
12 Minutes does not yet have an official release date, but it’s presumably releasing in 2020. You can follow the game’s development on its official website. You can also see a 30-minute spoiler-free prototype version played by Kinda Funny here. It turns out this game has been in development for quite a while.
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