12 Minutes, in a loop – Still Brewing
What do we know so far?
Who are behind 12 Minutes?
12 Minutes is being developed by Luis Antonio. It might seem like an ambitious project for a solo developer. But Luis is an industry veteran, working for AAA studios such as Rockstar and Ubisoft. However, as we here at Sip know, the world of AAA games can get a trifle stifling for creativity. So Luis decided to enter the world of indie game, working on the art for The Witness. Luis was buoyed by the creativity and the talented people in the indie scene so he decided to take things further and learn to program as well. But just because he is becoming a master of all trades doesn’t mean he underestimates teamwork. And as such Luis has a team of talented industry veterans assisting with various aspects of 12 Minutes. And the team at Annapurna Interactive will be publishing the game.
What kind of game will it be?
The game is billed as an interactive narrative game. Essentially it will be like a movie except one that you can control. It will use a simple click and drag interface to interact with objects as the story plays out.
Where will we find it?
12 Minutes is set to be released on Xbox and PC. However, the official page does mention “initially”. So not all hope is lost for owners of the other consoles.
When can we get it?
When it’s ready! No date has been set yet but they are hoping for a 2020 release. You can wishlist it on Steam though, link below.
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The game begins in an apartment you share with your wife. It starts off as a romantic evening but things take quite a turn when a police detective raids your apartment. Your wife is then accused of murder and you are promptly beaten to death. Quite an opening to a game, or a movie for that matter. How do you keep playing when you die in the first scene? Well that’s where the name of the game comes in. 12 Minutes takes place in a time loop. The events described will play out in a loop and you need to use your knowledge of the events to circumvent them.
Luis has listed The Shining, Rear Window and Memento among his influences. What you may notice about these properties is that they are all movies. But not just movies, they are all thrillers and arguably amongst the best the genre has to offer. These are lofty comparisons to make but it looks like 12 Minutes is shaping up to hit them. For lovers of puzzles and planning ahead this game is looking like a must-have.
Overall it’s an interesting concept and there is certainly a lot of passion poured into this project as Luis has had the idea for over 6 years now.
We here at Sip Read Repeat hope to bring you a full review when we can. Check back later and keep gaming and drinking (coffee).
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One half of the YouTube brother duo, The Game Bros with Sirhc and Ar0n, Chris is a lover of games, movies and other great things you can do from home.
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