Lucas Pope Announces Return of the Obra Dinn Release Date

A final version of this bizarre-sounding game is now ready for PC and Mac.

Lucas Pope has confirmed on Twitter that his new game, Return of the Obra Dinn, will release for PC and Mac on October 18.

After mysteriously vanishing for five years, a ship (the Obra Dinn itself) washes ashore. As an insurance adjuster, you're tasked with discovering what has happened to its crew members. However, your method of investigation is not typical; you'll use a time-travel device to back to the scene -- and discover the grim fate of those aboard.

Pope is best known for 2013’s renowned Papers, Please, an arguably strange game that puts you in the shoes of a border crossing agent/immigration officer. Papers, Please was critically acclaimed by reviewers and players alike.

In 2014, Pope announced Return of the Obra Dinn on TIGForums with a strong aesthetic in mind: “I’d like to capture the detailed black & white look of old Mac games in a realtime 1st [sic] person game”.

Four and a half years later, his vision has finally been realized.

A playable demo of Return of the Obra Dinn is available on Pope’s website. The game will retail at $19.99 when it releases next week. 


A stay-at-home-dad with a passion for meditation and video games.

Games Return of the Obra Dinn Genres Indie Platforms PCMac Tags indie
Published Oct. 11th 2018

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