Through the fog of the city peer into the private lives of eight diverse New Yorkers from your fire escape to discover suspicion and deception—all unfolding in real time. Set against a shadowy backdrop of contemporary gentrification where disenfranchised tenants become twisted in a string of dark mysteries and a murder. Audiences exercise their voyeuristic tendencies in this rich and innovative interactive cinematic narrative which harnesses the strengths of virtual reality—where audiences must reconcile their own role as an observer to reveal the truth.
When the night strikes eight o’clock in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the suspenseful drama begins to unfold in real time— leading up to a suspenseful murder. Inspired by Hitchcock’s anxiety driven storytelling, from the moment Fire Escape’s action begins, audiences will have free range to seamlessly select apartments, spy close-up and hear the the intimate conversations of the residents—the dilemma becomes—who do you watch—and what does this tell you.
Fire Escape is a Neo-Hitchcock anthology of stories that examines race, classism, and the social divide in contemporary urban America. In the process of the game, the viewer must challenge their own unconscious bias on which suspects they deem “suspicious” - and examine the implications of those very actions over the course of one night, told in three episodes.
The game is filled with tension, anxiety, and dread - even before the murder, an inciting incident which connects the various tenants of the building, The Phoenix. There is a melancholy in the storytelling and the world-building, a sense of loneliness and isolationism that seeps through these diverse storylines and serves as a unifying factor, a sense that, in a city where we all live on top of one another, in some ways, we are never more alone. Ultimately, the themes of Fire Escape reflect onto the player - and the narrative builds to a climax that invites the player to become more than just a voyeur, in surprising ways.
Created by: Vassiliki Khonsari, Navid Khonsari, Andres Perez-Duarte, Sam Butin