A man. His wife. A cop. These three characters make up the majority of 12 Minutes, a psychological thriller in development from Luis Antonio. If that sounds familiar, I'd wager a guess that you caught E3 2019. While the game has been previewed for a few years before that, E3 2019 was when 12 Minutes made it onto the big stage, unveiling a dramatic trailer for millions of viewers. If you thought the game couldn't get more dramatic than what we already saw, Gamescom has something more to tell you. The annual event recently kicked off with Opening Night, which saw a new trailer drop for 12 Minutes from publisher Annapurna Interactive. The trailer is just as tense as the first one, and reveals that the game's three-character-cast will comprise of some Hollywood stars.

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It's not known yet who plays each role, though it's easy enough to guess by process of elimination. The three voice actors starring include James McAvoy (X-Men, Split), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars), and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Aquaman). All very recognizable voices, and ones that are sure to make the experience that much more immersive. The new trailer mentioned above is narrated over by Dafoe himself. No other news was mentioned on 12 Minutes outside of the new trailer, with Annapurna's only comments being that the game is "coming soon". It's safe to assume this means it will still meet its 2020 launch date, though with the way things have been going as far as COVID is concerned, 2021 isn't out of the question. Let's hope for the better here!

12 Minutes is a game about a time loop, or as the first trailer put it, the game about a man stuck in a time loop. The basic setup of the plot is that a police officer shows up at a man's door, accuses your wife of murder, and then promptly proceeds to kill you (the man). All of this happens over the course of 12 minutes in-game, and during that time, you're tasked with moving about the man's apartment, investigating, talking, and figuring out how to change the course of events. The whole experience is played from a top-down perspective, which really heightens the tension. The overall goal of the game is left hidden from the player, forcing them to figure out the best course of actions with each loop and new info gained. Overall, the whole game takes around 6 to 8 hours to complete.

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We don't have a solid release date for 12 Minutes just yet, but it is set to release sometime this year. When it does, the game will be available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC (making it a notable Xbox console exclusive). With the Series X being included in the launch lineup, chances are Annapurna is waiting to release the game until the Series X is available. They could always release it before this time, however, and let Xbox One players upgrade for free in next-gen. Whatever the case may be, it's going to feel like a lot longer than 12 minutes to get our hands on this unique looking title. You can check out the new Gamescom trailer for it below here, and enjoy the creepy narrator that is Willem Dafoe.

Tanner
Tanner

Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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