FMV fans will no doubt be thankful for Wales Interactive single-handedly keeping the genre alive. Following the conspicuous cancellation (?) of Gamer Girl, the publisher is back with a slightly less controversial romantic comedy named Five Dates, in which self-professed millennial Vinny joins a dating app during lockdown. No, we’re not even joking about that last bit – the real-world pandemic is genuinely the backdrop for this interactive adventure.
“With five potential female matches, Vinny explores whether compatibility, chemistry, and connection is still possible in a world where physical touch is no longer an option,” the slightly creepy press release explains. “He must pluck up the courage to video date with wildly different personalities. The viewer’s choices will define Vinny’s interactions with each date and their interest in seeing him again. Vinny is faced with digital game dates, awkward scenarios and unexpected truths.”
John Giwa-Amu of developer Good Gate Media explained: “Five Dates is the world’s first live action interactive rom-com aimed at Millennials and Gen-Z. The world needs a dose of warm and funny right now and we hope it’ll spark some new ideas for romance for those who play.” There’s always a first for everything, isn't there? The game’s due out in November.