Unacknowledged developer releases time travel trailer for latest game

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(Image credit: Wadjet Eye Games)

You can keep your big-budget games going with their rooms full of writers sweating to replicate the beats and drama of Hollywood blockbusters; some of the best video game writing comes from some of its smaller studios, and this isn’t the first time I’ve highlighted the genius of Dave Gilbert and Wadjet Eye Studios. The developer behind wonderful point-and-click games like the Blackwell and Unavowed series has a knack for mature, nuanced storytelling, exploring serious philosophical and psychological topics through the filter of modern ghost stories.

The studio has been working on a new game called Old Skies for a long time, and now that game has a trailer to go along with it, giving us a much better idea of ​​what’s to come.

The story follows Fia Quinn, who works for a time travel agency that transports wealthy people to the past, whether out of sheer curiosity or unfinished business. Throughout the game, you escort seven of these travelers through different time periods, mostly taking place around what seems to be Gilbert’s timeless setting of choice, New York (which, I might add, he’s always done an amazing job to capture in all its gritty eccentricity). Judging by the trailer, things go wrong, shots are fired, and the space-time continuum is messed up.

The most noticeable change from previous Wadjet games is that Old Skies has a hand-painted art style. It looks smooth and neat, with nice animations, but as a fan of Unavowed’s nostalgic pixel art, it will take me a bit of getting used to. Amazingly, Old Skies is created using the same open-source AGS engine used to create the studio’s previous games.

A release date hasn’t been set yet, but that leaves plenty of time to explore the studio’s older work if you haven’t already. Interestingly, three years ago Gilbert created a free Old Skies short game for a Game Jam, apparently with the same premise as this one. It was made in Unity in two weeks, and is fully 3D and all! You can Download them here (opens in a new tab) if you are curious.

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