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The Forgotten City is a mature narrative-driven game, and a re-imagining of the critically acclaimed mod that won a national Writers’ Guild award and racked up over 2.5 million downloads.

Trapped in a secret underground city during the Roman Empire, twenty-six lost souls cling to life. In this precarious utopia, if one person breaks the mysterious Golden Rule, everyone dies. As a time-traveller drawn two thousand years into the past, you’ll relive their final moments in an endless loop, exploring and interrogating, and changing the course of the day with each secret you uncover. Only by cleverly exploiting the time loop and making difficult moral choices can you hope to solve this epic mystery. Here, your decisions matter. The fate of the city is in your hands.

Key features:

  • Explore an authentic, open-world ancient Roman city brought to life with Unreal Engine
  • Become entwined in the lives of richly detailed, deeply interactive characters
  • Grapple with moral dilemmas which have life-and-death consequences
  • Investigate a gripping, non-linear mystery with multiple endings
  • Role-play as whoever you want, by choosing your own sex, race and backstory
  • Solve problems your own way, with reason, charm, bribery, stealth, intimidation, or by cleverly exploiting the time-loop

Enjoyed the mod?

The Forgotten City retains all the elements you know and love while leveling up every aspect and adding plenty of surprises. Walk the streets of a brand new city. Get to know re-imagined characters. Sink into original lore with fresh twists and endings. Solve challenging new puzzles, and enjoy an all-new orchestral score and professional voice acting. The Forgotten City is the story we always wanted to tell, for you to enjoy all over again. And again.

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LudoNarraCon is coming up next week, a global digital festival celebrating narrative video games.
Available to everyone for free via Steam, it will run from April 24th - 27th. Our very own Nick Pearce will be giving a talk on Time Loop games on the first day.

Panel date: April 24, 2PM PST, 11PM CET & April 25, 7AM AEST

You can set yourself a reminder via Steam here: Store.steampowered.com

Discover some of the design philosophy behind our upcoming game, The Forgotten City:
Ever since Groundhog Day, time loop stories have captured the imagination of film makers and game developers alike. Time loop games offer players the unique ability to experiment, see the consequences of their actions, correct mistakes, and exploit knowledge they shouldn't have - but all at the risk of becoming repetitive. In this panel, Nick Pearce, Kate Chironis, Raúl Rubio Munárriz & Luis Antonio will discuss how to keep narrative interesting in a game based on repetition.

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The Forgotten City levels up thanks to Dear Villagers

The Forgotten City levels up thanks to Dear Villagers


We’re very excited to announce that we’ve partnered with publisher Dear Villagers for the release of The Forgotten City! This collaboration is fantastic...

The Forgotten City wins an Unreal E3 Award

The Forgotten City wins an Unreal E3 Award


The Forgotten City - the stand-alone re-imagining of the award-winning mod - today won an Unreal E3 award for making a big splash at E3.

Announcing: The Forgotten City, a standalone re-imagining of the award-winning mod

Announcing: The Forgotten City, a standalone re-imagining of the award-winning mod


As announced by PC Gamer during its press conference today at E3, The Forgotten City, a time travel murder mystery from Modern Storyteller, will invite...

Players Choice - Best Upcoming Indie 2019

Players Choice - Best Upcoming Indie 2019

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It’s time to present the Best Upcoming Indie Games of 2019, as decided by you!


Me too. I will buy this just to support it even if I can't play it on my platform. I loved the mod that much!

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Wow, thanks! But don't worry, we may yet expand our list of platforms... :-)

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Hello! I have just writen about THE FORGOTTEN CITY as part of a list about the best upcoming indies, in Spanish: T.co

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Not sure if anyone will even see this, but I just wanted to say, even if this doesn't come out on the mac platform, I will still buy it full price no questions asked just to support you guys. This is still my favorite Skyrim mod (finally something that doesn't insult my intelligence) and I was blown away to find that it is becoming it's own game. Good luck guys and GG.

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