Beautiful Puzzler Maquette Gets Release Date, Bryce Dallas Howard to Star
The beautiful puzzle game Maquette starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel will be released on March 2nd, 2021 on PS5, PS4 and PC. Developed by Graceful Decay and published by Annapurna Interactive, Maquette is a “recursive” world in which players experience the life cycle of a relationship and solve spatial puzzles as the story unfolds. “
Howard and Gabel will play the romantic couple Kenzie and Michael and are characters who guide the player through the game but are not “explicitly seen on the screen”. Howard spoke to THR about how there is no villain in this game, and that this story is more about two people who were together at some point in their lives and just moved on after making a huge impact on each other’s lives.
“This is about a relationship that ultimately doesn’t work,” said Howard. “But it’s in no way, shape, or form a tragedy. I think there’s something really nuanced about that that I really appreciate.”
Kenzie is described as a “San Francisco hipster” by director Hanford Lemoore.
“It’s an interesting archetype, the hipster, and there’s that inherent sense of irony,” added Howard. Lemoore also discussed how the idea for this game came about while exploring the architecture of his San Francisco neighborhood about 10 years ago.
“Something made me try [a game] in 3D with physics, “explained Lemoore.” I thought about how messy the physics is. With a physics simulation, you can hit an object and know it is going to fall, but you don’t know how it is going to fall. I pondered the idea of copying this really complex, almost random behavior to multiple levels of recursion. “
Regarding why Howard chose the project, she described Annapurna Interactive’s games as “real art” and always prefers to choose your own adventure opportunities. “I was always attracted to choosing your own adventure opportunities. The opportunity to be active in storytelling and your own ability to influence the bottom line as a reader attracted me.” Howard concluded.
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