Wales Interactive has just announced a new cinematic FMV thriller adventure, The Complex. The company has previously published FMV titles such as Late Shift and The Infectious Madness of Dr. Dekker (Our Review). As a developer, this seems to be Wales Interactive's first FMV game, though they have developed a few other games on multiple platforms, as well as a couple of VR games. The Complex is being developed in collaboration with Red & Black Films and Little Jade Productions, and it's slated for a Q1 2020 release.
The Complex will feature over 100 interactive choices with the backdrop of a bio-weapon terrorist attack in London, as two scientists find themselves on lockdown in a laboratory as time and air run out. You must attempt to escape the lab, and based on your decisions and your relationships with other characters there are several different endings you may encounter. This certainly seems like a rich experience, with a lot of potential replay value.
The team behind The Complex includes Lynn Renee Maxcy, who is part of the Emmy award-winning writing team from The Handmaid’s Tale, a Hulu series. The FMV cinematics will star Michelle Mylett (Letterkenny, Bad Blood), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones, The Witch) and Al Weaver (Grantchester). Twitch streamer and Xbox UK presenter Leah Viathan is also part of the cast. David Banner and Richard Pring of Wales Interactive commented on the upcoming game:
Over the last few years in the video games industry we’ve been one of the driving forces behind the resurgence of the interactive movie genre and this exciting cross industry collaborative project will further blur the lines between film and games.
The Complex will be the first interactive movie that utilises our innovative new scripting tool for filmmakers and writers, which was developed in-house by Wales Interactive. We're extremely pleased to be offering this tool to our partners and will be making a full announcement to reveal the software to the public in the near future.
What do you think of The Complex? Does it sound like a great use of the FMV genre? Let us know in the comments below!