Following an announcement in April, today’s Summer Game Fest presentation gave us a deeper dive into American Arcadia, the new game from Out of the Blue Games, creators of Call of the Sea.
Players control Trevor Hills, a resident of a strange town called Arcadia, a seemingly futuristic utopia (rooted in 1970s design sensibilities) where everything looks clean and progressive. However, the city’s pristine appearance is an illusion as the whole thing is an outside-view reality TV show where one’s popularity can plummet and put your actual life at risk.
Trevor is on the run from constant surveillance, leading to a series of frantic pursuit scenes. In some, he is watched by hovering drones that track and record his movements. In another sequence, we see Trevor desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the police or security who are trying to arrest him. And in another gameplay moment, he makes a death-defying leap from a high platform and dives deep into a pool.
As the trailer ends, the story revolves around someone seemingly outside of Arcadia viewing the domed city from the outside and vows to help him get out of there. In fact, this short sequence is representative of the other mainstay of gameplay, in which you control a 3D first-person experience involving hacking and puzzles.
American Arcadia clearly draws more than a little inspiration from the classic film, The Truman Show. But the added 1970s aesthetic and focus on man-on-the-run action give it a unique vibe. And satirizing or commenting on reality TV’s questionable values certainly seems like a timely topic.
American Arcadia is published by Raw Fury and will be available for consoles and PC at an as yet undisclosed future date. Check out the full trailer below.
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