Kent Hudon’s new game, The Novelist, came out today. I met Kent some years ago at GDC when I rage quit David Cage of Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain). I liked Heavy Rain a lot but when it came to Cage’s talk, I couldn’t disagree more. Across the hall was Hudson speaking about player generated stories. I believe that talk was the impetus behind many of the ideas in The Novelist as well as many other games in the past year (Gone Home, Dear Esther, and even my own MFA thesis game). I’ve been waiting for Hudson to show us what he wanted to do. He was with LucasArts at the time, and now that’s gone.
But now we have The Novelist. So far, it’s pretty awesome.
I just finished the first arc of the story, the first month of a summer long getaway for the Kaplan family. Needless to say, everything after the jump is a huge spoiler.
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