Full-motion video games—the kind that use live actors and real sets instead of computer-generated graphics—have been around since the 1990s, but they’ve always been kind of, well, dopey. Tech advancements in games in the intervening 20 years are starting to make games that use filmed footage seem (somewhat) less like a hokey novelty.
The Bunker is one of those games that’s using full-motion video and trying not to be goofy about it. Instead, it’s basically turning a horror movie into a branching, interactive experience. It still has gameplay elements, like puzzles for players to solve, but the whole thing is live-action, with a branching story based on decisions players make, according to a press release from publisher Green Man Gaming.
“The Bunker tells the story of John, the last survivor living in a government bunker after a nuclear attack wiped out England,“ the announcement says. "But the bunker holds many secrets, and John must confront his suppressed memories to survive the horrors deep underground.”
The game’s got a fairly impressive pedigree too, sporting writers from titles like SOMA, The Witcher and Broken Sword, and starring actors Adam Brown from The Hobbit and Sarah Greene from Penny Dreadful. And from the trailer above, it should at least be scarier than some of the FMV games people might remember from back in the day.