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Capcom revealed at Gamescom that it was publishing Dontnod Entertainment’s title Remember Me. The game focuses on a futuristic Paris, where people are able to record and share their memories. The game’s heroine, Nilin, has the unique ability to remix peoples’ memories, altering the way they recall events in ways that benefit her.
In the game’s debut video, we saw how that worked in an impressive sequence. Nilin entered a character named Forlan’s memories in an adventure game-like scenario, changing how he recalled a fight with his wife. After a few failed attempts (after the player selected a variety of objects in the room), Nilin was able to convince Forlan that he killed his wife in an argument. Forlan, now convinced he committed a crime, kills himself after he thinks the police are on to him. The scene ends with the police and his wife discovering his body, seconds after he dies.
We sat down with Remember Me’s creative lead, Jean‑Maxime Moris, and got some answers to a few nagging questions. Here are three things about the game that you should try not to forget.
1) Nilin isn’t necessarily a killerIn the demo, we see Nilin battling enemies with flurries of acrobatic kicks and punches, culminating in what appear to be finishing moves. Is she a stone-cold killer, in addition to being a gifted memory hacker? Nope. “Basically what she does is she overloads their memories,” Moris says. She uses a spammer, a device that tunes into ambient data, to jumble up and erases her opponents’ memories. “They’re left on the ground, but they don’t die. They’ll get up eventually—they might have forgotten their fifth birthday or who they’re married to, but they’ll get up eventually. It was a conscious choice to not have death as a recurring event in the game.” Moris says he’s not an advocate of antiviolence in games, but adds that when it’s not meaningful there’s no use in relying on it.
2) Memoreyes isn’t a cartoonish villain“Although I talked about the company who built it watching over the memory transfers, Memoreyes, maybe being a scary thing, all of the people have accepted the device of their own will,” Moris says. He likens the memory-recording tech to the advent of TV and smartphones, only with even more sinister potential. At the same time, don’t expect to see a portrayal of a company that’s comically evil. “They’re not viewed as the bad guys in the game. The way people will be depicted in the game will be happy people sharing their memories and having access to knowledge and sensorial experiences.” That perpetual bliss wouldn’t necessarily translate to an interesting story. And judging from the demo, the possibility of the tech being used for less-than altruistic purposes appears to be quite real. Just don’t expect any Snidely Whiplash style mustache twirling from the suits at Memoreyes.
3) Memory segments aren’t going to be tediousDuring the video presentation, we saw Nilin figure out how to implant memories through trial and error. Each time she failed to get the intended outcome—not turning the safety off on a pistol, for instance—the scene rewound and Nilin tried again. Players will have control of the rewind and fast-forward abilities in the memory world, which solves a key issue with adventure games. Where’s the fun in experimentation when you have to repeatedly perform the same steps in a puzzle? If you figure out the beginning setup of a puzzle and fail, you can simply rewind to the point just before your mistake. Moris says his team was inspired by the way the PS3 video player can fast-forward and rewind footage using the Sixaxis controller.
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Every article is making this sound cooler. I'm going to be keeping a close eye on this one.
A new IP with an interesting story, I'm pretty much sold
"Memoreyes" is one of the lamest names I've heard in a while. I hope that changes.
downloading the PC game for free of course cuz i got it like that = )
I'm liking this game a little more now with that last bit. "Where’s the fun in experimentation when you have to repeatedly perform the same steps in a puzzle?"
This game looks even more promising than before.
this reminded me of deus ex. partially because of the aesthetic style of what was in the trailer, but also because of the ideas being presented. this memory wiping seems oddly like the augmentation that was seen in human revolution and others in the series. this is not a criticism. i wish more games would present ideas similar to these.
This games sounds very odd.
I like it. This sounds awesome. I'll be watching and waiting for more information on this game. There is something about it that grabs my attention.
i will remember
I think this game is going to be great. Don't make me a lair Capcom!
Seems interestin. Defintely pretty cool of a set up.
I'll have to wait and see more. I've heard developers talk up their games before (*cough* Peter Molyneux), and from what I've seen, I'm not impressed.