French studio Cinétévé Experience and ARTE have released interactive movie ORDESA for iOS and Android today. It arrives at the perfect time of year, telling a story about a mysterious haunted house that the viewer suddenly finds themselves lost in.
ORDESA is said to lie somewhere between an author's film and video game, promising a new type of interactive film for anyone who gives it a try. Players will break the fourth wall, taking on the role of a ghost who is looking to help Lise uncover her lost memories.
To do this they'll have to reveal these secrets by moving through various images in search of Lise's past. Players will control the movement of the camera by tilting their phone to discover objects that they can interact with. However, other characters may notice this, so players will be as much a part of the story as the people they're watching.
It's a fairly short experience with the developers saying that a single playthrough will clock in at around 45 minutes. It will make use of live-action footage starring a plethora of French actors including Melissa Guers (The Girl with the Bracelet) and Carlo Brandt (Marie Antoinette), and written by Nicolas Peufaillit (The Returned).
Discussing the process of making ORDESA, actor Nicolas Peufaillit said: “The challenging part of ORDESA was to place the viewer around the characters instead of inside their heads. We made the user into a ghostly presence, unintentionally triggering and witnessing a drama about to unfold.”