Telling Lies is Her Story Times Four

By Rich Stanton on at

Annapurna Interactive's upcoming Telling Lies will be instantly familiar to anyone who's played Sam Barlow's fantastic Her Story. It uses an extremely similar premise, but there's a lot more scope here: where Her Story is one person's story, this features four main characters.

The basic premise is that your character, a nameless woman, has stolen an NSA hard drive with conversations from four characters. A major lie has ruined their lives.

So as you begin searching through this database of clips, you are basically trying to nail down lots of little lies which will hopefully lead you to the big one. The mechanics are similar to Her Story: you use words in the dialogue (which is all transcribed as well as spoken) and use these names, places or other subtext to comb through your database of clips, drawing threads together.

Director Sam Barlow popped up at E3 2019's PC Gaming Show with a new trailer, which you can check out here:

The game is 'coming soon' and, judging by Barlow's stage presence (where he said he was "desperate to get it out there") that won't be too far away.

One slightly odd note came when Barlow claimed this will be "an open-world video game" in some sense. He explained that what he means is there's over ten hours of video footage, the story takes place over two years, and the idea is for players to pick their own non-linear route through that.

Hmm. I admire the chutzpah but found this about as convincing as the Maneater developer who was on stage beforehand, and tried to get away with calling his game "GTA with sharks." Who cares though: Barlow is a magnificent storyteller, and I can't wait to get my hands on this.