THQ Nordic today announced a new adventure in the Black Mirror universe, developed by KING Art Games and due to arrive this November for PC/Mac/Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The original trilogy began with The Black Mirror in 2003, which was followed up with Black Mirror II: Reigning Evil and Black Mirror III: Final Fear in 2010 and 2011. The series fared better with critics as subsequent installments arrived, but six years have passed since the last new update and some may have imagined the series was finished.
“Black Mirror is a series that is really close to my heart,” says Achim Heidelauf, producer on the new project and executive producer of Black Mirror II, “and it was fantastic to be immersed in the Gothic horror genre again; the human psyche is a fascinating playground!”
As always, the new Black Mirror title will focus on Gothic horror, hopefully by establishing the atmosphere of madness and psychological distress for which the franchise is known.
“We have developed a new interpretation that both retains the strengths of the original games and gives us more room to explore fresh possibilities in terms of gameplay so that players can experience the world of Black Mirror in a more direct and free way, and not ‘just’ in classic point-and-click style,” said Martin Kreuch, producer at THQ Nordic.
As you play through the game, you will interact with “vision-like apparitions,” which provide information on the dark past of your own family. The press release announcement promises an eerie atmosphere in the style of Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft, with voice acting from an ensemble cast.
“Black Mirror II was the first big adventure KING Art worked on, and it’s fantastic to be able to create the new world of the Gordons and Black Mirror,” said Jan Theysen, creative director at KING Art Games. “We will be emphasizing the unsettling atmosphere and the meticulous detail that the fans of a Black Mirror title have come to expect.”
KING Art went on to find more recent success with The Book of Unwritten Tales, The Dwarves, and The Raven, so this latest project is a bit of a homecoming for the small development studio. If you’re still not quite sure what sort of vibe the team is going for, take a look at the announcement trailer (embedded above). Are you up for a little Gothic horror?