Ninja Theory announces Project: Mara ‘a new storytelling medium’

Project Mara announcement apartment

Today developer Ninja Theory unveiled Project: Mara. The unexpected announcement was posted on the official Xbox website providing some insight into it. The post was written by Ninja Theory’s studio head, Dom Matthews. Matthews has over 13 years of industry experience at Ninja Theory and Capcom.

The post provides some vague details about what Project: Mara is. Matthews confirms that his studio’s new “experimental title,” will explore new ways of storytelling. He even emphasises that this new project could become “a new storytelling medium.” Effectively hinting that his team are looking to redefine narrative writing.

What is Project: Mara?

Project Mara announcement visuals

Truth be told, this is not the first time we’ve heard about this project. Back in 2018 Xbox Game Studios confirmed the acquisition of Ninja Theory. Microsoft’s purchase of the British development studio was announced alongside the acquisition of four other developers. That list included Forza Horizon developer Playground Games and puzzle game specialists Compulsion Games.

Less than two years after that acquisition, Ninja Theory unveiled the first Project: Mara teaser trailer. Since then, news had gone quiet but this latest post confirms that it is still in the works. Furthermore, given Xbox’s official backing, it might be closer than initially expected.

Unfortunately, this post appears to be a simple marketing stunt more than anything. Whilst it is nice to get reassurance Project: Mara hasn’t been scrapped; it doesn’t provide any meaningful new details. Thankfully, it was released alongside a more useful developer vlog.

The vlog sees Ninja Theory’s chief creative director Takeem Antoniades detailing some of the studio’s goals. The reoccurring theme of Project: Mara is that it is aiming to create as realistic a world as possible. The vlog provides examples of real world versus in-engine visuals, and they look scarily common. Depending on how development goes, this project has the potential to be the best-looking game ever made.

PS Plus, Games With Gold Freebies For September 2016

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With Final Fantasy XV PS being moved back to November, this might be the perfect time for another batch of free games from both Sony and Microsoft.

While this month isn’t astounding by any means, it has a few very good games that are easily worth the download.

Check out the free PlayStation games for the month of September, accompanied by another trailer that only shows off one-third of the offerings.

  • Journey – PS4
  • Lords of the Fallen – PS4
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – PS3
  • Datura – PS3
  • Badland – PS4, PS3,  PS Vita
  • Amnesia: Memories – PS Vita

It is amusing to me that the headliners for this month are both one of my personal favourites ever made and one of my least favourites respectively.

Journey is a ridiculously gorgeous masterpiece that absolutely everyone needs to try. It is best played in one sitting with the lights off and a great sound system or headset to accompany you. It is a transformative experience that helped define indie games as art. Lords of the Fallen, however, achieves none of this.

It has a cult following which I can respect, but Lords failed to impress me in any way and actively angered me to the point of one refund and two deletions upon re-entry. It is Bad Souls and that’s about it.

Rounding out this list with Prince of Persia is a nice addition, considering that like the Sands, it was also forgotten after the atrocious Prince of Persia reboot in 2008. This game scrapped the cel-shading and went back to what made the franchise good. Too bad it never got any recognition, however.

With all of that said, here are the freebies from Microsoft.

    • Earthlock Festival Of Magic- Xbox One
    • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China  – Xbox One
    • Forza Horizon – Xbox 360
    • Mirror’s Edge – Xbox 360

It might be that I am getting senile in my 25 years on this planet, but I swear Mirror’s Edge has been free at least 47 times. That said, it’s still a genre-bending classic so that alone is worth the download if you somehow skipped it all these years.

On the flip side, Earthlock seems like a curious little game. I saw some negativity around the technical aspects of the game, featuring crashes and other such issues, but beyond that, it seems to be quite a fun ride.

Finally, Forza Horizon is probably the smartest move this month from Microsoft, as it is the best way to get anyone not already on board with Horizon to try it out before Horizon 3 launches later this year.