in the Your history The new murder thriller game from creator Sam Barlow, immortalityThe players pursue a central question: what happened to Marissa Marcel?
Marcel is a colorful movie starlet who has met a tragic fate – or at least an ambiguous one. It’s not clear what happened to her at the start of the game, but she’s gone and it’s up to players to find out what happened to her by searching a newly unearthed collection of all her work.
Before you play, here’s a recommendation on how best to experience the game: Polygon strongly encourages you to play immortality with a controller. Without spoiling the details, be aware that some key moments of discovery feel a lot better and are a lot more obvious with a controller than with a keyboard. It’s not impossible to play with a keyboard, but the logic and overall feel of the game works much better with a controller. (Some of our staff couldn’t progress very far in the game with a keyboard, while those using controllers had a much easier time figuring out how to proceed.)
Since using a controller felt much better, Polygon asked Barlow why the developers didn’t add a prompt at the end that recommends players use a controller with the game. He replied via email that the team is “considering adding one,” he said.
“We did a lot of development work with the mouse, so we hadn’t really thought the subject through. Then, as we got closer to the ship, we felt it was good to tell players that the controller was great for feedback and mechanical “feel.” But at that point, even something as simple as adding an extra screen was complicated enough upfront, so we wanted to leave it until we launched on all platforms,” he said.
Barlow and the rest of the Half Mermaid team had to juggle getting the game launched on mobile platforms and eventually Netflix (of all things). The mobile release will be “very soon” according to the developers, so players will have to wait and see how the mechanics unfold on mobile.
Adding an extra screen would make sense as the game already comes with an extensive list of content alerts for nudity, strong profanity, and “sudden and startling visual cuts and sound events.”
Emphasis on “sudden and surprising”. I read the content warning but didn’t realize I was addressing it immortality that the game is a horror game with intense jump scares. If you’re sensitive to elements of horror, you should be aware. Sure, browsing the entire movie can feel more mundane and even relaxing at times, but there’s a lot that can terrify players.
So if you’re done with jump scares and horror and ready to play on a controller, Marissa Marcel is waiting for you immortality.
https://www.polygon.com/gaming/23341158/immortality-game-controller-horror-jump-scare-sam-barlow The horror game Immortality is best enjoyed with a controller