Tron: Identity is a new visual novel from Bithell Games

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For my money, if you want a story about a society that takes place inside a computer, watch ReBoot. But I guess Tron could also satisfy. A new visual novel set in the Neon Universe called Tron: Identity was announced during tonight’s Disney & Marvel games showcase, and it’s being developed by Bithell Games. There is a very short trailer below.

This trailer doesn’t really show anything, but there’s more to read on the Steam page. Tron: Identity is a visual novel set on a new grid – the world explored in the Tron films – in which “an unprecedented crime has been committed”. You invest in this crime by talking and asking questions, and via “identity disc puzzles”.

If you can’t remember your deep knowledge of Tron, Identity Discs are the rear-mounted frisbees that hold the personalities, code, and all the rest of the programs. They’re like backup DVDs for your soul, but they can also be cast like Xena’s chakram for some reason. I don’t know what form the puzzles involving these discs will take.

Although the Steam page doesn’t give much on the story of Tron: Identity, Mike Bithell spoke to IGN after the Disney livestream and mentioned that the game won’t feature any characters from the movies, Tron or Tron : Legacy. Instead, you’d be operating in a world where these characters were legends, and either revered or hated by the characters you meet.

This isn’t Bithell Games’ first swing into a visual novel. Although they are still best known for the maudlin platformer Thomas Was Alone, they have recently released purely narrative games such as Subsurface Circular.

Tron: Identity is currently targeting a 2023 release. It was one of several games shown at the Disney showcase, which also brought a new release date for Marvel’s Midnight Suns.

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