A new FMV title about the voices in one’s own head called Headspun is out on PC and console for PS4 and Xbox One today with Nintendo Switch soon. For those unfamiliar with the term, FMV is a full motion video game narration technique that uses pre-recorded video files.
Developer Superstring and publisher Wales Interactive is continuing the FMV revival with the release of Headspun.
Headspun was an idea born out of reading too many pop-psychology books; I loved the concept of the competing voices in our heads and wanted to personify the different drives and desires that form our personalities. Choosing live-action – in part – to tell that story seemed like a natural fit. I’m incredibly proud of the end result; a true genre-hybrid that fuses elements of the Adventure, RPG and FMV genres into something new.Jamin Smith, Director of Superstring
Players find themselves taking on the role of Theo Kavinsky. A person who after waking from a five week long coma finds his life in disrepair. With no memory of the accident it is up to Ted and Teddy the conscious and subconscious voices in his head to work out what happened. Ever more so it is up to them to help put Theo’s life back on track.
In the game players will journey through recovery, discovery, and the ongoing battle between logic and emotion. This adventure is told through rich FMV story-telling and branching dialogue. One can sway the outcome of their interactions.
During the story players will earn Neuros which can be used to hire staff and commission renovations to rebuild the cortex. In the process lost memories can be retrieved and allow one to work out what happened the night of Theo’s accident.
Until now, our collection of FMV games consisted entirely of fullscreen filmed footage, usually with a unique game mechanic that sets them apart. Superstring threw away that rulebook and came up with something entirely unique; a concoction of genres that blend perfectly, with mechanics that complement each one. When approached by Jamin about collaborating on Headspun, it was a no-brainer for us. We’re extremely excited for the multi-platform launch which starts today and ends with Nintendo Switch later this week.David Banner, Co-founder & Director of Wales Interactive
Headspun is now available on Steam for Windows and Mac, PS4, and Xbox One. On Steam the game is priced at $12.99 USD with all consoles and Steam running a 10% off launch promotion. The Nintendo Switch version will be available on August 30, 2019.
The latest information on Headspun can be found on the game’s website at headspun.co.
Superstring is a London based game studio that looks to bring narrative to unlikely places. Through fusing unexpected mechanics the studio hopes to create new genre-hybrids. Their debut title Headspun was developed with Unity and Spine.
Wales Interactive (@WalesInter Twitter) is a multi-award winning independent game developer and publisher. They are based out of South Wales in the United Kingdom with a large catalog of titles that include Late Shift, The Bunker, and Don’t Knock Twice. The aim of the company is to create original games that entertain the world as well as put Wales on the video games map.