What was perhaps my biggest surprise at Gamescom – The Suicide of Rachel Foster is a mystery thriller, which focuses on being a narrative adventure. The game is developed by 101%, in cooperation with Reddollgames and Alphaomega. My first thoughts was that the game looks like a mix of Life is Strange and Gone Home, two of my favorite games of all time!
The game features:
- A strong-willed and brave female protagonist
- Binaural audio
- “The Shining”-like setting
- Successful game genre
- Intriguing, touching and adult storytelling
- Unique atmosphere
- High quality graphics
Ten years ago, the teenager Nicole left the family hotel with her mother after discovering the father having an affair with a her own age girl, Rachel, who eventually committed suicide. She was pregnant. Now that both her parents are dead, Nicole wants to fulfill the late mother’s will to sell the hotel and refund the girl’s relatives, so she comes back with the family’s legal to check the decaying structure. When the weather gets worse, she finds herself stuck inside the large mountain lodge and finds support in Irving, a young FEMA agent using one of the first radio telephone ever built. With his help, Nicole starts investigating a story which hides a mystery far deeper than what people in the valley thought, a story of love and death, where melancholy and nostalgia melt into a thrilling ghost tale. – About the story
The player freely navigates the entire Timberline Hotel following the main storyline, while trying to unveil its mysteries. Interacting with the environment by using the first cellular phone ever, she can always communicate with Irving, a guardian angel with an unclear past. Exploring the building, investigating old documents, taking notes of strange events and choosing between multiple answers during the conversations, these are the main activities the player does to reach the peak of the story and its tragic conclusion. – About the gameplay
The Suicide of Rachel Foster will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game will cost 14.99€ for PC, and 19.99€ for Consoles.