Night Trap and Bandersnatch fans, rejoice: The FMV genre is not dead. In fact, it's now glitzier than ever, with the announcement of Aviary Studios' debut game, The Gallery, coming to the Nintendo Switch this April.
The Gallery, a "part hostage thriller, part social drama" choose-your-own-fate game, is set in both 1981 and 2021, as an art curator is held hostage by a portraitist who wants to paint them — and threatens to detonate a bomb if they are interrupted in any way.
The cast of The Gallery includes a few names and faces you might know:
George Blagden (Versailles and Vikings)
Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Kara Tointon (Mr. Selfridge and Eastenders)
Rebecca Root (The Queen’s Gambit)
Richard Fleeshman (The Sandman and Coronation Street)
Shannon Tarbet (Killing Eve and Love Sarah)
Fehinti Balogun (I May Destroy You)
The game will also be released simultaneously across cinemas in the UK, where the audience can vote by majority (with glowsticks, by the looks of things) to decide which choice to make, and on digital and online streaming platforms. There will be a linear version with the choices removed available to watch on TV.
The Gallery is apparently the "first in the series" of FMV games — or "interactivisions" — that Aviary Studios plans to make. The director, Paul Raschid, has also written and directed several other FMV games, like Deathtrap Dungeon and The Complex, both of which are on Switch, and the former of which is due out this year.
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