A new FMV from Wales Interactive will be coming to Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this spring called Late Shift. The crime thriller is an adventure game with branching storylines set in London. Wales Interactive has announced that the FMV game will launch in April of 2017 and is available to pre-order now.
Late Shift tells the story of a mathematics student named Matt who is swept up in the robbery of a prominent auction house. Choose-your-own-adventure gameplay allows players to make their own decisions as the plot unfolds. Each choice has a consequence and players will affect the outcome of events from the very beginning.
Decisions will be timed, giving players seconds to choose what to do and keeping the tension high. Choosing between over 180 decision points will lead you to one of seven possible conclusions with no pauses or looping footage along the way. It’s up to players to decide what Matt will do at every turn.
Late Shift was developed by CtrlMovie and shot in full HD at locations around London. The game was written by the author of Sherlock Holmes (2009 film) Michael R. Johnson. Directed by Tobias Weber and starring Joe Sowerbutts (Matt), Haruka Abe (May-Ling) and Oliver Twist’s Richard Durden (Samuel Parr), the game is entirely live action.
Co-Author Michael R. Johnson had this to say about what he thinks makes Late Shift a great experience,
. . .what I feel puts Late Shift ahead of the pack is bringing the player into the experience in a very intuitive way. I like the fact that rather than saddling the viewer with a series of arbitrary “go left” or “go right” choices, Late Shift instead puts you into the shoes of an actual character - Matt - and the decision-making process always draws on Matt’s ongoing experiences and train-of thought.
. . .although there are any number of possible paths through the story, involving different characters and locations, the outcomes of each are strongly influenced by the morality of the viewer’s decisions. The viewer is free to interact in whatever way they see fit, ethical or otherwise. It’s just I like very much the fact that - unlike many console games - you cannot simply crash through the story with impunity and not at some point be faced with the consequences of your own actions. Just like in life.
The combination of thrilling plot and high-quality video provides an engaging and interactive experience to players. PS4 and PC pre-orders for the game are now available at 20% off. When released in April Late Shift will be available for PC and Mac through Steam, PS4 and Xbox One.