Subject 13: the next game from the creator of Flashback

News Ryan Lambie
18 Jun 2014 - 11:05

Flashback and Future Wars creator Paul Cuisset is set to return with a new adventure game called Subject 13...

We're not ashamed to admit that we're old enough to remember spending hours on French game designer Paul Cuisset's work from the 80s and 90s. Future Wars was a point-and-click adventure which took an ordinary window cleaner on a sci-fi adventure through time and space. Flashback was a side-scrolling action game with the slick presentation and atmosphere of a Hollywood blockbuster like Total Recall.

Cuisset's other games also included Cruise For A Corpse, Fade To Black and Moto Racer. His most recent game as director, however, was the critically-derided survival horror game, Amy, from 2012.

Nevertheless, we're excited to learn about Subject 13, which sounds like a return to the sort of games Cuisset was making in the 90s; it's an adventure game, for one thing, and like Flashback, its science fiction story deals with memory and the sudden relocation to an unfamiliar world. Here's a brief snippet from the press release:

In Subject 13, players will take on the role of Franklin Fargo, a reclusive physics professor. Fargo leads a solitary and bitter existence following the death of his fiancée, Sophie, during a robbery that should have targeted him. One morning, he wakes up in an abandoned underground scientific facility with no external contact other than a mysterious voice. The voice calls him "Subject 13." As Franklin Fargo, players will interact with the 3D environment around them by collecting, using, and manipulating objects to overcome a multitude of devious barriers to the professor’s escape.

Cuisset's making Subject 13 with the indie developer Microids, a French team with a long history of their own - their games have included the Nicky Boom series of games from the 1990s, as well as the adventure titles Syberia and Far Gate. Other than that, little is known about this new game, but given that it's a new title from one of the most famous designers in France, that alone is reason enough to keep an eye on its future developments.

For now, there's a first, teasing image from the game. We're guessing this is the first of many puzzles we'll have to solve as Professor Fargo... 

More on Subject 13 as it comes in.


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