Unrecord is a new shooter making the rounds due to its crazy realistic visuals and bodycam perspective. While some are in awe its realism, others are triggered that it glorifies police.
The game is being developed by a small team at French developer Studio DRAMA, which got founded in 2020 by French musician Théo ‘Foda C’ Hiribarne and developer Alexandre ‘Esankiy’ Spindler.
Attention to the game exploded originally last fall, when Spindler dropped the first gameplay on Twitter and it went viral. Over 35,000 retweets later, which included film director Neil Blomkamp, we had little info.
Now we know the game’s title, it’s in development for PC (via Steam), and it’s described as a proper “tactical shooter” sporting “complex dialogues, innovative gameplay mechanics, tough moral dilemmas,” and a “unique shooting system.”
The first gameplay trailer was also released, and once again some people are bugging out over its likeness to real life bodycam footage from cops when confronting potential suspects or active criminals. Enough feet stomping was done for the dev to actually address the concerns.
Studio DRAMA first points out they are based in France, and as such don’t engage in “foreign policy,” and the game isn’t inspired by real-life police encounters. Furthermore they’ll avoid “any undesirable topics” like discrimination, racism, and violence on women and/or minorities.
Despite the game having you play as an active duty cop that actually investigates criminal cases, the game will apparently hold no biases or “Manichaean takes” (binary) on criminal acts and police violence. The developer respects and understands people may be disturbed by Unrecord’s look, but they say “art cannot fight against interpretation.”
The super realistic visuals, movement, shooting, and targets having their faces censored all had users guessing if the game is even real. Studio DRAMA also addressed this saying it is a real game, built in Unreal Engine 5, and it’s all in-engine. There are no real videos or external rendering to get it looking so smooth and realistic.
Despite the nature of shooters and their focus on – well – shooting, Unrecord is supposed to heavily focus on a story with a complex narrative.
“The storyline in Unrecord can be compared to a detective novel or a thriller. The player will have to investigate several criminal cases and confront a diverse cast of characters. The game’s plot and presentation will be central to the gameplay experience, and players can anticipate a range of gameplay sequences as well as numerous plot twists.”
Here’s the first official yet early gameplay trailer:
A release date for Unrecord wasn’t announced – we’ll keep you guys posted.