The Occupation is an upcoming first-person thriller that puts players in the role of an investigative journalist in 1987 who has only four hours to crack the case of a terrorist bombing. The latest gameplay trailers walks players through a portion of the game, illustrating the branching paths players can take to gather leads for their exposé.
Time is your greatest threat in The Occupation – one hour in real-time equates to one in-game hour (which, in a way, reflects the nature of being a journalist under a deadline). In the new gameplay trailer, the protagonist learns that the head of the local news organization might be printing lies about the terrorist bombing, and proof might exist on a floppy disk that’s lost somewhere in the office.
The game evokes Dishonored in the way that players can approach a task in a variety of ways. The floppy disk might be hidden in a specific office, and players can sneak in through certain vents, spy from the shadows as an NPC puts in the office passcode, or locate a fuse box in order to shut down the security system completely.
Developer White Paper Games says players need to pay close attention to their surroundings. Later in the trailer, after players have obtained the floppy disk, the player walks through a security checkpoint and the magnetic sensors damage the drive. Apparently, this can be avoided by going another route, but now players have to use precious time finding a place to repair the drive.
The Occupation is out March 5 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It made our list of our 20 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2019.