Return of the Obra Dinn is a new game from Papers Please creator

Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back, according to creator Lucas Pope.


It's been over five years since developer Lucas Pope first released Papers Please. It stood among the cream of the crop of indie games, tasking players with working a border checkpoint and controlling the flow of people entering the glorious nation of Arstotzka. It was a brilliant allegory for an immigration debate that has only become more heated in the years since the game was released. With Papers Please behind him, Pope shifted his focus to his latest game, which is now ready.

Over the weekend, Pope released his latest effort called Return of the Obra Din. It's different in many ways, most notably the monochromatic art style. The story is set in 1802 and sees the merchant ship Obra Dinn set out for Orient. The ravaged vessel returns five years later with no sign of the crew, with the player assuming the role of an insurance investigator looking to assess the damages. The player's task is to not only create an accurate estimate of the damages, but also piece together exactly what happened on this ill-fated voyage.

The Papers Please creator acknowledges the experimental nature of his latest game and goes so far as to offer refunds to anyone who is dissatisfied with his effort.

Return of the Obra Dinn is available now on Steam.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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