Sequel to Her Story inspired by a 1974 Francis Ford Coppola mystery thriller

by: Randy -
More On: Telling Lies

As reported in Variety, Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story, is writing a spiritual sequel called Telling Lies. Telling Lies follows the same interactive video format as its predecessor, though it'll have higher production values, paint on a wider canvas, and integrate four characters, courtesy of Annapurna Interactive's monetary muscle as a game publisher. Variety reports:

It’s in the vein of a political thriller with 3-4 key characters. A movie he’s [Barlow] watched extensively for reference is Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 mystery thriller The Conversation, starring Gene Hackman. “Imagine Steve McQueen’s Shame mashed up with The Conversation,” Barlow said. For movies, he said, the 1970s “were such a golden age exploring the intersection of government, society and individuals.”

Beyond that, Barlow is still tight-lipped about Telling Lies' development.

In Her Story, players examined video snippets of a woman being interviewed four different times by the police. It's one of those games that makes you pull out a steno notebook and start taking notes. Her Story met with success by indie standards. But my wife and I sat down to tackle it together and, unfortunately, it just didn't hook us. I admire, nonetheless, the unique direction of Her Story and don't mind seeing Barlow take another stab at the format. 

Telling Lies is looking at a late 2017 to 2018 launch window.

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