Call of the Sea Developer Reveals Truman Show-Like Game, American Arcadia


Call of the Sea developer Out of the Blue has revealed American Arcadia, a '70s retro-futurist game that promises to mix 2.5D platforming and first-person puzzling.

The game has a Truman Show-like concept, in which a whole metropolis is unknowingly part of a 24/7 TV show – and those who fall out of favour with the viewing audience are killed off. The story follows Trevor Hills, whose uninteresting life is interrupted by a mysterious voice seemingly helping him escape backstage.

Players will take the role of two characters – presumably Trevor and his guiding voice – one of whom will play in a chase-filled 2.5D platformer, and the other in a first-person puzzler featuring hacking, exploration, and stealth.

The voice cast is made up of familiar video game names, including Yuri Lowenthal (Spider-Man), Krizia Bajos (Cyberpunk 2077) and Cissy Jones (Firewatch, Call of the Sea).

We'll learn more about American Arcadia at Summer Game Fest later this year, and it's also a part of the Tribeca Game Festival line-up.

The game marks the second collaboration between Out of the Blue and publisher Raw Fury after Call of the Sea, the first-person puzzler we awarded a 9/10 review to back in 2020. We called Call of the Sea "a gorgeous homage to the films and games that inspired it," and said it was "a fun, but emotionally affecting adventure".

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