Yesterday, Sony unveiled seven indie games coming to PlayStation, including Hades and Wytchwood. But while most of them consist of gaming ports, the announcement included a few reveals for entirely new titles. PlayStation and Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, an all-new sequel to the 2016 hit supernatural mystery game.
In the original version Without beef, players put themselves in the shoes of Alex, a teenage girl with blue hair who investigates a supposedly haunted local island with her friends and her half-brother. Naturally, the supposedly haunted island becomes truly haunted, as the gang discovers strange radio signals that open portals to another dimension. The gameplay consists of puzzles, often involving said radio signals, and dialogue choices that influence the story.
The sequel seems to stay true to the gameplay of the original, but takes place five years later and tells a new story of a young woman named Riley. As a research assistant studying electromagnetic waves, she travels to her coastal hometown to install radio transmitters and investigate the strange signals affecting the equipment. Judging by the trailer, it seems likely that the ghosts had something to do with it.
Lead writer Adam Hines explained a bit more about the thematic connection between the two games:
In Oxenfree, our characters were just graduating from high school and entering that time in their lives where they decide who they really want to be. Riley had this moment a long time ago and is now grappling with the repercussions of post-adolescence. Were the choices she made the right ones for her? Is she really who she wants to be?
The PlayStation blog confirms that Oxenfree II: Lost Signals will keep the original’s chat system, as well as the radio that searches for supernatural events. But it will also include new features involving time travel and âTears of Timeâ. Will there be any links between the story and the original? We will hopefully find out in the near future, as the only release date is “coming soon” for PS4 and PS5.