Studio behind Papers, Please film releases next short, this time for surveillance sim Beholder

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Kinodom Productions, the movie makers behind the excellent Papers, Please short film (opens in new tab), have released their next project: an official film for Beholder (opens in new tab), the bleak surveillance game about betraying your neighbours to please the all-powerful Ministry.

You can watch the film in full above. It's black and white and depressing as hell, and follows the story of one landlord asked to spy on his tenants to make sure they aren't doing anything illegal (spoiler: they are), all the while trying to help his sick daughter.

You'll either love or hate the art style, in which whites are eye-burningly bright, making the landlord's tie and set of keys shine like beacons (I'm a fan, personally). It has almost no sound other than the haunting music—a single track that ebbs and flows to match what's happening on screen for the full eight minutes.

If you played Beholder you'll immediately draw parallels between the game and the film, and even if you didn't play, it's worth a watch. 

To find out more about the game, read Andy's take here (opens in new tab). A sequel came out in December (opens in new tab).

Thanks, RPS (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.