The Forgotten City is taking things a bit meta at the PC Gaming Show this year by developer Modern Storyteller.
Based on a popular mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Forgotten City is a re-imagining of the award-winning mod, which won accolades for its storytelling through 2015. At its heart, the game is a murder mystery through time, where players must find a way to rescue 26 different explorers, who lay dead due to some crime committed in the past.
The player searches through an ancient, underground city that seems to hold a portal through time. Players will need to go back through time, investigate puzzles and clues, and bend the rules of time to save everyone from a tragic fate of turning into golden statues.
The key to the game is understanding each residents motivations, both good and bad, to help them escape the city. Questions regarding social and economic inequality, moral relativism, fascism and extremism and the psychosocial effects of mass surveillance are some of the themes touted by Modern Storyteller that characterize and influence the fate of the dwellers trapped in the city. Players will need to save the people of The Forgotten City by getting to know them and helping them overcome their own obstacles, or conversely sacrifice the to save the players from a worse fate.
"When designing The Forgotten City, I wanted to respect player' intelligence and grant them autonomy in solving the mystery," stated Nick Pearce, writer and creative director of Modern Storyteller. "Mind-bending time loops fully realized NPC's with interwoven lives, and themes rarely touched by games set The Forgotten City apart from other narrative adventures."
The Forgotten City is a mix between first-person exploration and investigation, creating a new blend of investigative action-adventure to the PC. The game is scheduled for release in 2019 for $19.99.
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