One of the only real surprises from Square Enix’s E3 2018 press conference was the reveal of The Quiet Man.
What began as a live-action trailer transitioned into what appears to be our first look at the gameplay of this still relatively obscure title. In the trailer, we see an individual wandering the streets of the city who confronts gang members in an alley. The individual – our hero? – appears to be deaf; hence the “Quiet Man” name and the use of the tagline “silence rings loudest.” Nevertheless, he is able to easily dispose of these thugs.
It seems that the trailer’s use of live-action is more than just a stylistic marketing choice. According to the video’s YouTube description, The Quiet Man “delivers an immersive story driven cinematic action experience seamlessly blending high-production live action, realistic CG and pulse-pounding action gameplay.” It then promises an “adrenaline-fueled motion picture like experience which can be completed in one sitting.” We have to admit that advertising that last part as a feature does strike us as a bit odd.
According to the game’s website, it appears that Human Head Studios – the team you might know from the infamously canceled version of Prey 2 – is working on this project. However, Square Enix and Human Head have not confirmed the extent of the studio’s involvement with this project.
Based on all of the information made available thus far, we suspect that this is going to be a kind of interactive motion picture experience more than a fully-fledged game. Actually, it looks like it might be closer to a movie than even games like Detroit: Become Human are.
What we can tell you is that the game is currently only bein advertised for release on PlayStation 4 and Steam. There’s no word on the possibility of an Xbox One release, which isn’t too surprising given that many high-profile Square Enix titles are not immediately released on that platform. In any case, we’ll bring you more information on this game as it becomes available.