In an era when video games are often announced years before their release date and endless cycles of trailers anchor a prolonged PR campaign, it can be a nice change of pace when a game just comes out. That’s exactly what the co-creator of The Stanley Parable has done with his new game The Beginner’s Guide which was just announced and is coming out on PC today, Thursday, October 1.
Little is known about the new game other than it’s title, platform and the fact that it will be a “narrative video game”. There are a few screenshots featuring strange, ethereal environments but other then that it’s pretty much a complete blank slate.
The Stanley Parable was a sleeper hit back in 2013, receiving universal acclaim for its humorous subversions of standard video game tropes and the unpredictable narration that anchored the experience as the titular Stanley explored an office building. It was a strange but wonderful game. Here’s hoping The Beginner’s Guide can recapture some of that magic.
It’s kind of exciting to go into a game without any real prior knowledge, isn’t it? The Beginner’s Guide could really be anything and I suppose that’s what developer Davey Wreden is going for with this truncated PR schedule. It also hits in one of the last weeks before Black Friday not to contain a huge release. From next week onwards games like Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Halo 5: Guardians, Need For Speed, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3, Star Wars: Battlefront and Rainbow Six: Siege wouldn’t leave it a lot of breathing room so this strategy is actually quite ingenious.