A new original game from Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games was quietly dropped at the beginning of Sony's pre-show. It's called Hidden Agenda, and it's described as "a gritty crime thriller" supporting one to five players. The best part is, the devs looked at how people were playing Until Dawn and, with their next game, worked those trends into the gameplay of the new title.
While Until Dawn was ostensibly a single-player survival horror game, most people played it in a group -- whether you chose to pass the controller between you, or just have one person playing and everyone else shouting directions. Supermassive noticed this trend, and incorporated it into the core gameplay of Hidden Agenda.
If you're a fan of Until Dawn and you're anything like me, you've probably already finished the game a couple of times. You've saved the teens, you've killed the teens, you've collected everything there is to collect. Well, there's a new way to enjoy it all over again -- or even for the first time -- and it hinges around getting a group of your friends together.
"We saw how people played Until Dawn," said game director Will Doyle. "Although it was a single player experience, on the internet we saw people streaming it together as a group, and all shouting out the answers to different decisions. We thought we could make something of that."
The game uses Playstation's newly announced PlayLink for PS4 -- a phone app that enables players to use their smartphones as a controller, in the style of Jackbox games. In the context of Hidden Agenda, you have to work with your friends (though you can play single-player, too) to catch a serial killer. There appear to be transitional mini-games, like the psychologist sections of Until Dawn, that test your trust with your friends.
As in their previous game, every character can live or die depending on your choices. It looks like it'll be a great, stressful couch co-op to crack out when your friends are around -- and likely it'll be one of those games like Until Dawn that even non-gamers will enjoy. Supermassive is also working on a VR horror game for the PlayStation VR called Inpatient.
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