Twin Mirror developed by DONTNOD Entertainment is a tricky one to explain. I would say it is a physiological thriller. We play as Samuel, a 33-year old man recovering from a recent break-up and his returning to his hometown because of his best friend funeral. But when he wakes up at his hotel room with a bloody shirt and no memory at all, he embarks on a twisted investigation to find out the truth.
As all of the other titles Bandai Namco showcased at Gamescom this year, I got the opportunity to try a small portion of this game. In this case I got to play the very first segment when Samuel discovers his bloody shirt. But before I head on to the hands-on impression I managed to squeeze in a small question about who develops this game. Is it the team behind Life is Strange or the team behind Vampyr? I asked my european PR contact, who forwarded my question. My PR contact got a small statement on sms saying;
“The game is developed by a very large team with a number of senior DONTNOD people working across multiple games within the family. This specific team (of those interviewed today) have been built specially for the game, bringing in talents like Matthew to provide an authoritative US voice for example”.
During my playthrough two major features appeared, which is one of the main features of Twin Mirror. First thing is that Samuel has a “Mind Palace”, which he created to get access to recreate memories from the past. The other feature is Samuel’s inner voice, or as the feature is called “The Double”. This double appears to be a more sophisticated, funnier but darker version of Samuel. This means we have two personalities, and a lot of decision making to do.
To be honest, I was confused, a lot. What has happened to Samuel? Does he suffer from schizophrenia? Did he murder somebody? Does he have powers, since he can enter a “mind palace” to investigate stuff in his real world? I ended up with more questions than an hands-on impression after the playthrough. But from what I could see, the graphics is astonishing, controls response smoothly, and the gameplay is pretty much straightforward.
The first episode of Twin Mirror releases for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2019.