If you’ve ever invested in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim‘s wide selection of narrative-based mods, you may have stumbled across modder Nick Pearce’s massively popular hit The Forgotten City. The mod has been downloaded well over 3 million times and even won a national Writer’s Guild award for what many have considered an essential play for Skyrim diehards.
Following the widespread success of his mod, Pearce saw an opportunity to stretch his creative muscles, so he left behind his legal career to pursue game development and started an indie studio named Modern Storyteller. In the time since, he and a small but dedicated team of developers have worked tirelessly to reimagine The Forgotten City as a full standalone game, expanding the story and gameplay into a deeper, richer experience for newcomers and returning players alike.
Players will create a custom character before setting out on a journey to explore The Forgotten City‘s eerie underground city during the Roman Empire. As they push to uncover the game’s compelling mystery, they’ll be forced to relive their final moments in a time loop, revealing new knowledge that will help them along the path. Modern Storyteller promises plenty of moral dilemmas that can be solved in various ways, including violence, bribery, stealth, and even exploitation of the time loop itself – and that’s just scratching the surface.
In other words, The Forgotten City is shaping up to be quite an engaging expansion of its original form. Half a decade after the mod became a beloved addition to many players’ mod libraries, Pearce and company have finally neared the finish line, too – the game is launching for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC this July.