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Intriguing investigative thriller The Occupation gets a release date

Get ready to go undercover and investigate against the clock in 1980s Britain.

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Get ready to go undercover and investigate against the clock in 1980s Britain.

You’ve probably all seen We Happy Few, the alternative history, dystopian sandbox game set in a drug-fueled 1960s Britain. Another intriguing first person adventure, set in the UK in the 1980s at a time of strikes and unrest, is The Occupation.

A first-person investigative thriller, you play as a journalist, working to uncover the secrets behind a shocking series of events, where “an explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens the civil liberties of the British population to be rushed into place”.

The player must question involved parties and investigate the actions that led to many deaths, in a limited-time environment. Whether you tackle The Occupation head on, or use stealth and bide your time, is up to the player. The inexorable creep of the clock may cause strategies to change.

In many respects, The Occupation looks like a cross between Firewatch and We Happy Few, a narrative adventure with a killer mystery to solve, with elements of stealth and improvisation that doesn’t often suit linear stories.

In addition to the expected digital release, developer White House Games has partnered with Sold Out Games to bring a physical release of The Occupation to PS4 and Xbox One.

“We’re delighted to be bringing The Occupation to physical retail later this year. It’s one of those games which grips you from the moment you start, the fact that it’s real-time is a fantastic point of difference leading to a captivating experience unlike anything else this year.” – Sarah Hoeksma, marketing director at Sold Out

The Occupation releases for PC, PS4 and Xbox One – including those console physical releases – on October 9th, 2018.


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