Lucas Pope's Next Project is a Corpse-Filled Mystery Adventure
Eurogamer has an interesting interview today with Lucas Pope, the creator of Papers, Please, about his background in the video game industry, his love of experimental games, and his next project, Return of the Obra Dinn. It's a mystery adventure set on an abandoned trade ship, where the player must piece together the fates of 60 people. It kind of sounds like a cross between Clue and What Remains of Edith Finch. It's a more ambitious project than Papers, Please, which only took nine months to make. But, Pope tells Eurogamer he's not worried about working in the shadow of that game's success.
"For a long time, I was really caught up in following Papers, Please with something," he says. "Papers, Please won a few awards and everyone is kind of waiting for what I'm going to do next. That was a lot of pressure for a long time. I guess it went on so long that I lost energy to be worried about it.
"I have two kids now who are growing up. So in general, my life focus is less about hoping people love the games I make and more about family stuff. That has lifted a lot of the pressure off me as far as, 'this game needs to be totally awesome.' I feel like if the game is just good, that's fine. I'm still trying to make a game that I would enjoy. All the choices I make are things that I feel are in service to what I envision for the game. That part hasn't changed, but initially there was a lot of pressure on me to do something totally awesome after Papers, Please, and that's lightened up a lot after so many years."