The studio that developed call of the sea, a Lovecraftian adventure game, offers a new kind of adventure that mixes two very different genres. The Future Games Show Powered By Mana live stream kicked off a closer look at side-scrolling adventure Out of the Blue’s Truman Show with first-person puzzle solving sprinkled across the top. American Arcadia is a game that puts the player in the shoes of two characters in two very different places. One inside Arcadia and one outside.
What is Arcadia?
Half of this game takes place inside Arcadia, a retro-futuristic world where its citizens lead peaceful lives in a kind of utopia. Unbeknownst to the citizens of Arcadia, they are constantly watched by a world larger than themselves. The outside world. They’re unwitting contestants on a reality show, and if their ratings drop, they get the boot. Or the axe. Enter Trevor.
Game Director Tatiana Delgado Yunquera says:
Trevor is just an average person who lives a mundane life, but the problem is that since he lives inside the TV show, it’s not interesting to the audience. That doesn’t make him popular. The ratings don’t work and the TV show just wants to get rid of him. So when he realizes it was all a lie, his life changes completely. This is when he will escape.
American Arcadia Game
The part of the game that follows Trevor inside Arcadia is a 2.5D side-scrolling adventure. This is where you’ll evade pursuers, solve puzzles, and more as Trevor attempts to escape. The other half of the game takes place outside of Arcadia in the real world. It’s the first-person part of the game that follows a character who has yet to be named. This woman allows the player to experience stealth and hacking mechanics as well as puzzles. Using different characters gives the player two different perspectives and opens up two different playstyles.
American Arcadia does not yet have a release date. It will be available on PC and consoles “soon”.