It’s a graphic novel! It’s a video game! Liberated is both, and it’s out to warn you about how technology can be used as a means of control.
Liberated is a newly announced “interactive graphic novel” that’s slated to release later in 2019. The game takes its self-proclaimed genre quite seriously—you’ll find that the game is actually presented as a proper book, with comic panels and everything. It’s like Max Payne’s cutscenes, if you played them directly.
It sounds gimmicky, but looking at the trailer below, I actually feel it’s refreshingly different. There’s something about the limitations of comic book panels that makes each scene come alive.
Liberated will feature four chapters, or ‘issues’, if you will, and each one will focus on a different character. As for gameplay, it seems that the primary perspective will be that of a platform action game. Dialogue choices and quick-time events will also be present.
Here’s what the story is all about:
Players will experience a story about a world where government authorities use advanced technology to manipulate the population. Civil rights are a thing of the past, with the government engaging in complete surveillance of every citizen in the world. Social media activity, online payments, and GPS location tracking from mobile devices are just some of the ways every single person is being monitored. In this world, there are insurgents resisting this oppression, fighting for their freedom, while government agents try to maintain order and control. In Liberated, players will experience both sides of this conflict, with every choice they make changing the course of the story.
The game has been confirmed for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. On PC, the game will launch on Steam.
If you enjoy mysteries and strange goings-on, have a look at Draugen, which comes from the veteran developers of the Dreamfall series. Also have a look at the cyberpunk world of Tales of the Neon Sea.