According to developer Lucas Pope, the almost ten-year-old independent game Papers, Please will be released on mobile devices the following month. The “dystopian document thriller” shot to fame upon its release in 2013 thanks to a fresh approach to the all-too-commonly boring job simulation games. In addition to being accessible on PC and MacOS, Papers, Please was ported to the iPad in 2014 and the PlayStation Vita in 2017.
In Lucas Pope’s video game Papers, Please, the player assumes the position of a border control agent who verifies the papers of people entering and leaving a totalitarian country modelled after the Soviet Union named Arstotzka. Although the gameplay is pretty straightforward, fans were drawn to the independent game by its morally complex narrative and gloomy themes. Papers, Please is anything but predictable and boring, with thrilling border risks and a stance on corruption. Even a short film in 2018 that was favourably received was inspired by the compelling tale of Papers, Please.
“Papers, Please” but small. August 5th. pic.twitter.com/87o8IqfCdF
— Lucas Pope (@dukope) July 23, 2022
Lucas Pope, the creator of Papers, Please, has announced that this year will finally see the release of the dystopian thriller game on Android and iOS. Papers, Please, “but little,” will arrive on August 5, 2022, Pope tweeted with a previewing image of gameplay on a phone. Pope quips that his beloved game would debut on Playstation and Xbox in 2031 while confirming that the port took about eight months to develop.
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Fans are probably thrilled about Papers, Please’s new format, and many are interested to see how the touch-screen features will alter gameplay. Players have also expressed interest in whether the game will be released as a Netflix mobile game, which has lately become a popular choice for mobile game developers since Netflix customers can play games without ads and without microtransactions. Lucas Pope tells users that Papers, Please will be a standalone, downloadable game and that microtransactions and advertisements are highly improbable. Additionally, there will be mobile achievements, and gamers who currently possess Papers, Please on the iPad won’t have to pay for it again.
In recent years, it has been common to see PC and console ports on mobile platforms, with many games enjoying greater popularity on the more approachable platforms than on their initial releases. Powerhouse mobile games like Apex Legends and CoD Mobile have achieved similar achievements, as have other atmospheric independent games like Poppy Playtime. Papers, Please will reach a larger audience that can appreciate its richness by being made available on the accessible mobile platform. On August 5th, Papers, Please will be accessible on iOS and Android devices.