Truman Show anxiety and 2.5D platforming collide in American Arcadia
We’ve all imagined ourselves as the stars (or the villains) of a reality show, right? What could we say, how could we act, or who could we woo to bag the ultimate prize? Everyman Trevor Hills – with his office getup, dad-sized ‘tache, and lanky build – isn’t quite so lucky in the upcoming American Arcadia. You see, he’s unknowingly stuck in a reality TV show where the penalty for unpopularity is death, and considering he has the personality of a pencil, his only option is to escape in genre-bending fashion. See below!
Publisher Raw Fury have now announced that the game will come out on November 19th via Steam. There’s also a free demo available, just in case you want an early peek behind the set.
American Arcadia, the show, is a beautifully elaborate set that’s basically modelled after 1970s retro-futurism. American Arcadia, the game, instead brings to mind the Inside’s puzzley platforming. Not just with the puzzles and platforms, but with the vastly pulled-back camera. The lush framing makes you feel like you’re always being watched, which is obviously fitting for an evil Big Brother / Truman Show-type story.
Though the game begins with Trevor’s hopeful escape, trailers have hinted at the second playable protagonist, Angela Solano, who’s helping the escape from outside the simulation. She’s actually a stage technician on the show, so her first-person sections seem to involve more puzzles, fiddling with security cameras, and potentially some walking sim-esque explorable environments. That would make sense since developers Out Of The Blue were previously behind the fantastic walk ‘em up with fishmen, Call Of The Sea.