Every thing is Going to be OK has obtained its last replace and it completes the story of one among 2017’s greatest video games. Should you’ve by no means performed Nathalie Lawhead’s interactive zine, now’s the most effective time to leap in. The sport is out there at a pay what you need pricepoint, so you may be able to play by the point you’re achieved studying this sentence.
Every thing is Going to be OK’s last replace is in contrast to something I’ve seen in gaming earlier than. This replace takes Nathalie Lawhead’s interactive zine and peels again the curtain. As an alternative of exploring the developer’s ideas and experiences via vignettes and metaphor, the brand new “misplaced pages” peel again the curtain and primarily options direct essays and musings with none of the pretense of creating a capital-G Sport.
Nathalie Lawhead has spoken pretty brazenly concerning the occasions that impressed her work– on her implausible devlog, in interviews (like this one), and on her Twitter— and with out spoiling an excessive amount of, the “misplaced pages” take the themes from the core recreation, pulls their masks off, and stares you straight within the face. Is suicide a shameful act? What behaviors do the victims of sexual violence owe the world? Lawhead might not have all of the solutions to those questions, however within the “misplaced pages” she’s forcing us to come back to grips with the truth that these questions exist and are necessary.
Taking part in via this final chunk of the sport has made me think about its place within the total video games group. Sure it’s one of the sincere and private video games I’ve come throughout, and positive it pushes the boundaries of what video games might be, however on a meta-level I’m additionally curious about seeing extra builders drop the pretext from their video games after they’ve launched. As a group we’re horrible at appreciating nuance and many of the most notable and best-selling video games’ messages quantity to “they’re dangerous, I’m good, and weapons are rad as hell.” However with Every thing goes to be OK it felt like this specific epilogue was extra of a dialog between the participant and the creator, as if Lawhead was saying “right here, I’ve introduced you to the place I’m with these questions now let’s think about them as equals.” It’s quiet, mature, and considerate in a approach that we see sometimes in video games or every other medium.
I don’t know if I can provide any larger reward than this. When you’ve got any curiosity in private video games, or artwork the place you possibly can see the creator Every thing is Going to be OK is nearly the most effective you’ll get.