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Papers, Please creator's next game, Return of the Obra Dinn, out this autumn

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Black-and-white nautical mystery Return of the Obra Dinn (opens in new tab)—the next game from the creator of Papers, Please (opens in new tab)—will be out this autumn/fall, developer Lucas Pope has announced.

The Obra Dinn is the name of a ship that's bobbed back into port having been lost at sea. All the crew are dead, and you're an insurance adjuster tasked with going aboard and working out how everybody died so that the families of the victims can receive any owed salaries.

"Insurance adjuster" immediately conjures up images of a paper-pushing game in the same vein of Papers, Please, but this looks to be much more interactive. You'll explore the ship, find corpses, and watch moment-of-death flashbacks. Shaun found (opens in new tab) that there was plenty of cross-checking and unguided detective work in an early version he played, which is encouraging, while Austin wrote about its cool time manipulation last year (opens in new tab).

I can't wait for it. I love the art style, as well as the idea of being given free reign over the detective work. Whether it can step out from the shadow of Papers, Please remains to be seen—but we don't have long to wait to find out.

The Steam page is live here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.