There are consequences to changing time… Eternal Threads is an upcoming narrative puzzle game in the vein of games like Tacoma, and has you using sci-fi technology see the past, and the future, to uncover a non-linear story. An official description reads; ‘Players assume the role of Operator 43, a recently qualified time-travelling operative working for the Second Chance Project. Tasked with fixing corruption in the past and restoring the timestream, players are sent to the North of England in May 2015, where six people died in a house fire.
By changing the housemates’ decisions in the week leading up to the fire, players will try to rescue all six people from the deadly blaze. Prohibited from stopping the fire due to repercussions further down the timeline, you must instead search the events of the week before, looking for decisions made by the housemates. These decisions can be changed and you must find a set of choices that result in all six housemates surviving the fire.’
Over the week that the story is explored over, you can watch and alter many significant events in whatever order you wish. Some decisions will have only minor effects on the timeline, moving objects around the house or revealing deeper stories and secrets. Major changes however, rewrite the timeline by changing existing events, adding new events and even replacing whole events entirely.
You can even go back and re-change events if you don’t like the outcomes, as much as you like. According to an official description; ‘Setting up temporary base in the house mere hours after the fire, provides a unique perspective on events. As you look back through the timeline, past events play out in front of you in ghostly form, with the smoke and fire damaged house a constant reminder of what is to come. In addition, as you manipulate the past, the environment can be reset around you to match the changes taking place. Some new objects will appear, others will move around the house and the contents of rooms can change substantially as you change the past.’
The developers of this title have released an all-new ‘how-to-play’ video, where you can see ‘time manipulation 101’ and find out more about the look and play of this fascinating title.
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This video was released as a semi-apology for a delay in the release of the game, however it’s not an indefinite postpone, and we have some release dates with us today; Eternal Threads is coming to PC on 19 May 2022, and will launch on PS4 and Xbox One as well as Nintendo Switch later in 2022, so at least by the end of the year.