Return of the Obra Dinn official screenshot of a room on a ship

Return of the Obra Dinn, much like the creator's previous work "Papers, Please", is not the type of game that likes to fit neatly into a specific genre. The brief text blurb has it described as "an insurance adventure with minimal color", which is absolutely correct, but not exactly helpful. To be a bit more specific, it is an adventure and investigation game that will have you wonder across the fabled merchant ship Obra Dinn in order to discover how it ended up drifting into port with damaged sails and no visible crew, all rendered in a bizarre yet fetching art style.

You'll need to figure out the events that led to the ship's demise, what exactly happened to each of the crew members, and like any good insurance investigator, finish by writing a detailed report for your masters at the East India Company. To do this you will be given a brief glimpse into past events and their consequences, though in order to figure out why and what exactly happened you will need to use a fair bit of logical deduction and good ol' fashioned adventuring. Just make sure to keep in mind that things might not always be as they seem at first glance.

Now that you know at least the basic idea behind Return of the Obra Dinn, allow me to share with you the recently posted trailer. It'll help you fill in some of the gaps, as well as give you a much better idea of what the premise and gameplay are all about. Have a peek, Return of the Obra Dinn is certainly a unique-looking game:

If your interest is now as piqued as mine was when I saw the very first trailer, you might be glad to hear that Return of the Obra Dinn will be coming "soon" to PC and Mac. The exact release date hasn't been announced just yet, but the Steam page has it pinned for a Fall of 2018 launch, which is pretty much around the corner if we go with the earliest release window possible.

Once more information becomes available I'll make sure to let you know, but until then you should visit either Steam or the official Youtube page to learn just a little bit more about Return of the Obra Dinn. 

Return of the Obra Dinn screenshot of a skeletal crewman