Mystery and Giant Birds
Described as reminiscent of Twin Peaks before its official announcement at X019 in London, Annapurna Interactive and Variable State's upcoming Last Stop looks as mysterious as the critically acclaimed TV series. The narrative game also fittingly takes place in present-day London, with players controlling three individual characters -- Donna, John, and Meena -- who cross paths and face the supernatural.
Last Stop will feature multiple options for dialogue, voice acting, and a score performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and created by the BAFTA-award-wining composer Lyndon Holland. Variable State and Holland previously worked together on the award-winning mystery adventure game Virginia. Virginia also drew inspiration from Twin Peaks, as well as The X-Files and The Outer Limits. Besides winning awards for music and best writing in a game at the 13th British Academy Games Awards and Writers' Guild Awards 2017, Virginia found a place on top 10 game lists in 2016 made by publications like TIME and the Washington Post. Virginia was also recently included in Polygon's list of 100 best games of the decade.
While looking at Virginia might shed some light on Last Stop, specific details on the upcoming game are still scarce. While at X019, Last Stop showcased a stylish and enigmatic trailer that seemed to feature body swapping, supernatural glowing powers, possibly espionage, and a giant bird. The London setting has the potential for some interesting comparisons to other media -- student Donna conjures up memories of Harry Potter, especially when she apparently confronts the giant, vaguely glowing bird at the end of the trailer; and Meena feels vaguely like Villanelle from Killing Eve with her stance on deception and chokeholds on people. Additionally, with Last Stop's visual design, branching dialogue options, and narrative style, it feels somewhat and delightfully reminiscent of Telltale Games.
According to a press release, Last Stop is scheduled to launch on consoles and PC next year.
What do you think of Last Stop? Did you play Variable State's previous game Virginia, or any Annapurna titles? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.