King Art Games are developing the reboot, with THQ Nordic publishing it, and the date of release is surprisingly close, November 28. Gothic horror remains part and parcel of the game’s atmosphere, with the gameplay “re-imagined”, but still based on the original’s point-and-click mechanics.
The Black Mirror is known as a trilogy of point’n’click adventure games that came out in 2004, 2009 and 2011, respectively. The new, rebooted Black Mirror promises a new, independent story, which will keep the atmosphere “in the style of EA Poe and HP Lovecraft”, modern graphics and high-quality voice acting, as well as “interactions with vision-like apparitions which help you learn more about the past of your family”. The developers say that previous knowledge of Black Mirror games will not be a prerequisite.
Martin Kreuch, producer at THQ Nordic says that “one of the outstanding features of the Black Mirror game series is the unique atmosphere which was essentially created by King Art in the original trilogy. We have developed a new interpretation that both retains the strengths of the original games and gives us more room to explore fresh possibilities in terms of gameplay.
Achim Heidelauf, who was a producer for the original Black Mirror, as well as a director and producer for Black Mirror II, says that “the human psyche is a fascinating playground”. He also expresses his joy at being able to be “immersed in Gothic horror” again, as Black mirror is a series that is really close to his heart.
THQ Nordic and King Art GAmes have stated that a playable demo will be ready for Gamescom 2017 and it will be available to both the industry professionals and the general public.