Lies of P was originally announced as a single-player game, but may still feature some sort of online support to help players on their journey.
Speaking to Play Australia magazine for the latest edition, lead producer Jiwon Choi said developer Neowiz is currently considering incorporating “indirect community-based or online features” into Lies of P.
More details weren’t shared, but Choi made the statement while explaining how, unlike Souls games, Lies of P players won’t be able to summon higher level friends to help in battle. Therefore, perhaps Neowiz can find common ground where players can, for example, leave messages or be directly involved in some way to provide advice to others.
However, at its core, Lies of P will remain strictly a single-player experience.
Lies of P aims to be a dark take on Pinocchio’s story where he embarks on a soul-like world to hunt down Geppetto. He’ll have to fight his way through a brooding town filled with all manner of mechanoids while scavenging for supplies, crafting new weapons, and unlocking new skills to use, as well as lying.
Lies of P features a unique gameplay mechanic where players are encouraged to lie in order to advance. As in the fable, Pinocchio wants to become a real boy. In the game, every time he lies, he gets closer to that goal. There will be both pros and cons to lying in the game, something the developer hasn’t fully clarified yet, but certainly makes for an interesting narrative.
“The more you lie, the more human you become, with all the pros and cons that entails,” Neowiz said. These “lie quests” will not only determine end-player unlocks, but will also impact narrative choices and character progression.
Lies of P is in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and PC with a tentative release window of 2023.