Telling Lies (opens in new tab) and Her Story creator Sam Barlow is working on a new game called Project Ambrosio, and as you'd expect, it looks mighty weird.
The newly minted Steam page (opens in new tab) for Project Ambrosio is covered with broken, cryptic details. The product description, for instance, reads "new Sam Barlow Half Mermaid is cinema death," with a bunch of blanks thrown in. And before we get hung up on the idea of a half-mermaid protagonist, note that Half Mermaid (opens in new tab) is actually the game's publisher and co-developer.
There are also four cryptic timeline entries in its "About this game" section. The word Gothic appears under 1968; NYC under 1971; pop star under 1999; and "Barlow custodian concordance" under 2022. I suspect we'll see these entries filled out in the weeks ahead.
Today is the 5TH ANNIVERSARY of Her Story, the game that changed my life and healed the rift between video games & videogames. To celebrate, we're teasing our next project and you can WISHLIST on @Steam right now! https://t.co/kZlgy1E4APJune 24, 2020
Apart from that, our only remaining clues lie in the game's mature content description - "Adult themes including some sex and violence" - and its attached media. Project Ambrosio has three short, deliberately corrupted, teaser-type videos on Steam: one showing a snake crawling over a rock, another showing a burning box (coffin?), and another of someone's legs kicking out of dark-lit water. There are also five creepy still images which seem to feature the same woman. They remind me of crime scene evidence logs, but that's about all I can surmise at first blush.
As much as I'd like to believe that Project Ambrosio is a game about Barlow himself becoming a mermaid in a hardboiled crime drama spanning 54 years, we can't really come to any conclusions at this stage. Barlow's games often don't make any sense right up until you play them, so we certainly won't get very far with mere breadcrumbs. Nevertheless, it's exciting to see another Barlow game in the works.
Naturally, Project Ambrosio doesn't have a release date just yet. From its Steam page, we can at least confirm that it will be out before the year 3000.
Here are the other upcoming games of 2020 (opens in new tab) and beyond, which will also be out before the year 3000.