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Eternal Threads
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Secret Mode is a pretty apt name for a publisher, isn’t it? Especially today, as they’ve been keeping a pretty big secret from us. The studio has announced that it will be bringing Liverpool-based Cosmonaut Studios’ Eternal Threads to Switch sometime this year.

The game was announced last year, but until today, we had no idea that a Switch version was ever in the works. It comes out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One next month, but really, this is a puzzle game about manipulating time to save a group of six people from a fatal house fire. This is perfect for those cosy night-time playthroughs, just like reading a murder mystery!.

Secret Mode has said that Eternal Threads is all about choice and consequence, as you must influence the six victim’s decisions rather than directly interact with them. One influence may help another be warier, but it might lead someone else to an early death.

Here’s what to expect from the game:

About Eternal Threads
As an operative tasked with fixing corruption in the timestream, you have been sent to the North of England in May 2015, where six people died in a house fire. Prohibited from simply stopping the fire, you must instead manipulate the choices made by the housemates in the week leading up to it so that they all survive the event.

From the outset, you have free and complete reign to explore the seven-day timeline before the fire. You can watch and alter the significant events from the entire week as many times as you like and in whatever order you wish. Some decisions will have only minor effects on the timeline, moving objects around the house or revealing deeper stories and secrets. Major changes, however, rewrite the timeline by changing existing events, adding new events, and even replacing other events entirely.

You must traverse up and down this timeline, changing decisions at different moments throughout the week so that their effects interact and combine to save all six housemates.

However, it is not just the housemates who have choices. Each of them can be saved from the fire in multiple ways, with each outcome having a profound effect on their lives in the future. Will you just search for the quickest and easiest solution, or can you find the best possible outcome for everyone?

Ultimately, everything is about choices and consequences.

Features

Choose how you want to follow the game’s story
Want to follow each of the six characters’ stories ‘Pulp Fiction’ style? Want to watch the whole thing like ‘Memento’, with the final event first and then moving back in time to see what caused it afterwards? Or maybe you’re old school and just want to watch things in good-old chronological order? You decide.

Watch and change things as many times as you like
Can’t remember exactly what happened in an event? Changed a decision and you’re not sure you like the consequences? That’s fine. Just pop back along the timeline and watch and change whatever you like, whenever you like, as many times as you like.

Change the past to affect the future
Setting up temporary base in the house mere hours after the fire, provides a unique perspective on events. As you look back through the timeline, past events play out in front of you in ghostly form, with the smoke and fire damaged house a constant reminder of what is to come. In addition, as you manipulate the past, the environment can be reset around you to match the changes taking place. Some new objects will appear, others will move around the house and the contents of rooms can change substantially as you change the past.

We don’t have a firm release date for the Switch version yet, so we’ll have to watch our friends with all of those other consoles enviously when they can pick up the game on 19th May.

Will you be picking up Eternal Threads? Will you wait for the Switch release? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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1SwitchForceThu, 7:53pm
A Time Hollow remake….

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Saturn589
2Saturn589Yesterday, 12:44am
Interesting idea, but I would have to see more of the actual gameplay and rating to really decide on buying it

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Change Time and Choices in Eternal Threads, Out on PS4 Next Month
Manipulate a seven-day timeline
LiamCroftby Liam Croft Thu, 8pmShare:0

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Publisher Secret Mode might be the new kid on the block, but the first game it’s putting out from Cosmonaut Studios is an intriguing one. Announced with a PlayStation 4 release on 19th May 2022, Eternal Threads is all about manipulating time and changing the actions of characters in order to save them from a house fire in northern England.

You’ll have a seven-day timeline to work with, watching as your decisions and changes affect the six lives now in your hands. The reveal trailer embedded above doesn’t really show any of this, but screenshots below do. “Prohibited from simply stopping the fire, you must instead manipulate the choices made by the housemates in the week leading up to it so that they all survive the event.”

A press release notes how there are multiple ways of saving each character from dying in the fire, but some outcomes are better than others. “Some decisions will have only minor effects on the timeline, moving objects around the house or revealing deeper stories and secrets. Major changes, however, rewrite the timeline by changing existing events, adding new events, and even replacing other events entirely.” The UI also includes details on each of the six faces as well as text explainers of what they did next should they survive the blaze. The idea is to have them living their best lives after the ordeal.

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If you’re interested, a demo will be made available on PC from 2nd May 2022 through until the 8th, containing roughly an hour of gameplay. The title then releases fully on PS4 a few weeks later on 19th May 2022. “Ultimately, everything is about choices and consequences.” Has Eternal Threads caught your eye? Change your own timeline in the comments below.

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COMMENTS (5)

Uncharted2007
1Uncharted2007Thu, 8:12pm
Sounds like an interesting concept. I may have to keep an eye on this one.

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Milktastrophe
2MilktastropheThu, 8:35pm
Sounds kinda similar to The Sexy Brutal, so my interest is piqued.

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TommyNL
3TommyNLThu, 9:53pm
@Uncharted2007
Yeah, i know What you mean

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Scob
4ScobYesterday, 12:10am
@Milktastrophe Somehow had never heard of The Sexy Brutal [checks reviews] and that looks a lot of fun, so thanks for the pointer!

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AldusRavencorn
5AldusRavencornYesterday, 4:01am
Looks interesting. Also furthers my want of them to remake/remaster Shadow of Destiny.

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Eternal Threads

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Eternal Threads for PS4, Xbox One, and PC launches May 19
Switch version due out at a later date.
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Narrative-driven first-person puzzle game Eternal Threads will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on May 19, publisher Secret Mode and developer Cosmonaut Studios announced. A Switch version is also planned.

Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:

About

Eternal Threads is a single-player, first-person story-driven puzzle game of time manipulation, choice and consequence.

As an operative tasked with fixing corruption in the timestream, you have been sent to the North of England in May 2015, where six people died in a house fire. Prohibited from simply stopping the fire, you must instead manipulate the choices made by the housemates in the week leading up to it so that they all survive the event.

From the outset, you have free and complete reign to explore the seven day timeline before the fire. You can watch and alter the significant events from the entire week as many times as you like and in whatever order you wish. Some decisions will have only minor effects on the timeline, moving objects around the house or revealing deeper stories and secrets. Major changes however, rewrite the timeline by changing existing events, adding new events and even replacing other events entirely.

You must traverse up and down this timeline, changing decisions at different moments throughout the week so that their effects interact and combine together to save all six housemates.

However, it is not just the housemates who have choices. Each of them can be saved from the fire in multiple ways, with each outcome having a profound effect on their lives in the future. Will you just search for the quickest and easiest solution, or can you find the best possible outcome for everyone?

Ultimately, everything is about choices and consequences.

Key Features

Choose How You Want to Follow the Game’s Story
The complete narrative follows the six main characters through multiple decisions across multiple timelines and you can experience these in any way you choose. You can concentrate on just one particular character’s storyline at a time, following their choices across the timelines and then go back to the start and follow another character.
You can approach the story like a forensic detective, observe the final outcomes of the story and then work backwards along the timeline – essentially observing the effects and then determining their cause.
Or you can just watch things in chronological order, experiencing the timeline unfold as you observe and change the decisions that the characters face as the week progresses.
Watch and Change Things as Many Times as You Like – Can’t remember exactly what happened in an event? Changed a decision and you’re not sure you like the consequences? That’s fine. Just pop back along the timeline and watch and change whatever you like, whenever you like, as many times as you like.
Change the Past to Affect the Future – Setting up temporary base in the house mere hours after the fire, provides a unique perspective on events. As you look back through the timeline, past events play out in front of you in ghostly form, with the smoke and fire damaged house a constant reminder of what is to come. In addition, as you manipulate the past, the environment can be reset around you to match the changes taking place. Some new objects will appear, others will move around the house and the contents of rooms can change substantially as you change the past.
Watch a new trailer below.

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