Sony's State of Play livestream for PlayStation software had a lot of news to share, including the fact that No Code's Observation will be making its debut on PlayStation 4 on May 21. As creative director Jon McKellan says on the PlayStation Blog, this comes four years after the studio was founded in the first place.
In the game you take control of SAM (Systems Administration and Maintenance) on the Observation space station in 2026, and a mysterious event has caused the station to lose power and forced SAM to reboot. SAM must then work with Dr. Emma Fisher to restore the systems and work out what's happened.
"We describe Observation as a narrative thriller; a sci-fi adventure game that is unique in its presentation and point of view, and gives players a new way to interact, view and take part in the story," McKellan explains. "The game is played visually from the perspective of SAM's networked CCTV-style cameras around the station, as well as the various systems and connections he has, to fulfil his role as the station AI. Players use these systems to solve puzzles, navigate environments, uncover the story and assist Emma in finding out the true nature of the mission, the station, and himself. It's a unique setup and allows the player to really put themselves in the shoes of an assistant AI."
SAM is self-aware, and that's important for the story, especially since a human is controlling him. Another crucial part of the game is the realistic space, based on modern space technology and providing a lived-in world with believable elements throughout.
While this is all well and good for PS4 players, Rock Paper Shotgun has reported that the PC version has gone missing. Indeed, the announcement on publisher Devolver Digital's Twitter page makes no mention of this version (something that's not gone unnoticed by fans), and there's no word of it on the website either. It was originally revealed for PC last year, but now this has been thrown up in the air since we haven't got word on it.
A new trailer was revealed yesterday as well, which you can watch down below to get a sense of how these systems play out. You can even pre-order it on the PlayStation Store for £19.99 ($24.99 USD/€24.99)
Does Observation sound like an interesting concept?