Today, publisher THQ Nordic announced Black Mirror, a new adventure and reboot in the “famous, spine-chilling franchise.”
In development for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux, the title is actually not very far off despite just being revealed: due to release on November 28, 2017.
The game is being developed by German-based studio KING Art Games, known for The Book of Unwritten Tales and more recently The Dwarves.
Black Mirror follows the story of David Gordon, a man who never knew his estranged father very well, and who is in shock after he is summoned to his family’s ancestral home in the Scottish highlands, where his father has just committed suicide. David doesn’t know the specifics of his father’s final weeks, but the circumstances of his death appear rather peculiar. Settling the heritage is merely an excuse for David to find out more about the castle his father grew up in, meeting the family he never knew, and for shedding light on the mysteries surrounding his father’s death.
A story description continues:
Tormented by nightmares and waking dreams for all his life, he fears that it might be his destiny to follow in his father’s footsteps, down a path that leads to madness and death.
Is there really a curse that has been haunting his family for generations as his father believed? Or are the mysteries hidden inside the cold walls of Black Mirror house of a far more wordly nature?
It is up to David to uncover the horrible truths, buried under generations of silence and fathoms of stone.
As for the game’s gameplay, like the orignal graphic adventure trilogy, the Gothic horror genre and its unique atmosphere of madness and psychological distress remains at the heart of Black Mirror according to THQ Nordic.
The point-and-click gameplay serves as the basis for the re-imagined gameplay, which focuses on close-up investigation and interaction with nightmarish visions that plague Gordon.
It’s important to note that this new installment in the series is in fact a modern-reimagining of the gothic-horror adventure series, and not Black Mirror 4. Further, it has nothing to do with the popular Netflix series of the same name.
For those that don’t know, the original Black Mirror trilogy began in 2004 as The Black Mirror, which produced two more spin-offs, Black Mirror II (2009) and Black Mirror III (2011). This new game, being a reboot, doesn’t require any previous knowledge of three above games, as it tells a totally new and independent story.
A playable demo of Black Mirror will be at Gamescom 2017 for both industry and public visitors to try out via the THQ Nordic Stand. Below, you can check out the game’s announcement trailer and debut screenshots and pieces of concept art: