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In a video game industry filled with sequels and remakes, another studio has taken over the development of a game that many thought would never see the light of day. The development cycle of Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 has been somewhat rocky. I was hoping to get some background knowledge about the current team working on this game today. The Chinese Room is the name of this British studio taking over Bloodlines 2.

In 2024, two games will be released by The Chinese Room. Still Wakes The Deep is their other game in development. They are “an award-winning game development studio with an international reputation for world-class visuals, audio, and storytelling,” according to their website. Receiving the accolade as a winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) games category.

  • A decade of great games.
  • Pioneers of storytelling.
  • One of the UK’s most creative and exciting studios.

The Chinese Room’s Past Titles

We’ve touched upon two upcoming games. Though chances are you will have come across some previous releases. So let’s look at some the games.

Dear Esther

This was an award-winning title and started life as a mod. They describe this as.

Dear Esther is a first-person game about love, loss, guilt and redemption. Driven by story and immersion rather than traditional mechanics, it’s an uncompromisingly emotional experience. Starting life as a cult mod in 2007, Dear Esther is recognised as a major title in pushing forward the boundaries of game design and storytelling and was one of the standout independent releases of 2012.

If you want to buy this it is available on PlayStation 4, Steam, and Xbox One.

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

An award-winning horror, the official website description is as follows.

The year is 1899.

Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus awakes in his bed, wracked with fever and haunted by dreams of a dark and hellish engine. Tortured by visions of a disastrous expedition to Mexico, broken on the failing dreams of an industrial utopia, wracked with guilt and tropical disease, he wakes into a nightmare. The house is silent, the ground beneath him shaking at the will of some infernal machine: all he knows is that his children are in grave peril, and it is up to him to save them.

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is a terrifying journey into madness, industrialisation and the darkest secrets of the soul.

The game is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

This was the BAFTA award winner and one I revisited. It’s a game I think highly of and is well-written and relaxing to play.

The official description states

Deep within the Shropshire countryside, the village of Yaughton stands empty. Toys lie forgotten in the playground, the wind blows quarantine leaflets around the silent churchyard. Down on Appleton’s farm, crops rustle untended, the early harvest abandoned halfway through.

The birds lie where they have fallen. A pair of shoes hang from the overhead wires. The windmill continues to turn unobserved. Strange voices haunt the radio waves as uncollected washing hangs listlessly on the line.

There is light in the wires. The televisions are tuned to vacant channels. Above it all, the telescopes of the Observatory point out at dead stars and endless darkness. And someone remains behind, to try and unravel the mystery.

The game is available on PC and PlayStation 4

So it appears they have an excellent track record of creating fantastic games. This bodes well for the two next titles. Nowadays, this Brighton-based studio is part of Sumo Digital. So the next games are the first significant releases from creative director Dan Pinchbeck and his team. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing what more this studio has planned.

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