Wednesday, April 27, 2022
While multiple endings are nothing new for developer Supermassive's horror games, the sheer number of narrative codas available in upcoming thriller The Quarry should be enough to make your head spin, in the style of The Exorcist's Regan.
Apparently, The Quarry will feature a staggering 186 unique endings, based on a range of variables scripted into the game. Yes, one-hundred-and-eighty-six endings. “We write it like a movie screenplay... actors are used to a 100-page script [on a feature film], the script for this is over 1000 pages. [The actors] can get very alarmed,” director Will Byles explained to IGN (via Eurogamer).
Byles adds that the studio has to shoot “50 pages a day”, adding that it's a volume of script and footage that's “unheard of”. It's a “mad amount of footage,” he added. Furthermore, much of the footage is repeated, requiring the game's cast of actors to shoot different performances based on different possible narrative routes and player choices.
“We worked out 186 different endings for those characters, not just alive or dead... the stories that they have on the way through are massively varied,” Byles continued. “Branches really are a mathematical nightmare. It's just exponential.” He adds that branches will take into account both small and more significant consequences, but they all have an impact on the overall story and relationships with certain characters.
“We really like the idea of giving you context, so you can have the exact same conversation,” said Byles, "but know, that, that person has just killed someone and that context changes, everything."
The Quarry is coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC on 10th June, with an optional non-interactive Movie Mode for anyone who wants to simply watch the story. Maybe you'll be able to kick back and watch it 186 times.
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