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UPDATE: Microsoft just bought the Eden Falls web domain; is this mystery game gaining speed?

Wednesday, 14th May 2014 12:04 GMT By Dave Cook

Eden Falls has recently been rumoured as the new game from Microsoft, following these new trademark filings and a new Twitter feed that directs to Microsoft’s Lift London studio. It’s also just bought the game’s web domain.

UPDATE: A source – who wishes to be left unnamed – has contacted VG247 regarding this story. As has already been made public, Eden Falls was once the working title for Lionhead’s Dimitri project which was canned after Microsoft bought the studio. Polygon has a big feature on the project’s lifespan here.

The source has added that while Eden Falls was once the setting of Dimitiri, it was later used as the original name of Milo & Kate.

They told us that in in Eden Falls, either Milo or Kate were the player’s friend and that they had to help them do things. The premise is that one day, instead of it being sunny, it’s raining, and suddenly Milo or Kate can’t find their parents. The player then goes on an adventure to help find them.

Treat the above as rumour until we get it confirmed or debunked officially. What do you think for now?

ORIGINAL STORY:

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The EdenFallsGame.com domain purchase was spotted by NeoGAF and the above grab was posted by user ekim, suggesting that the rumoured project is gaining traction. It’s worth noting that E3 2014 is just a matter of weeks away.

If you go to the domain you will find this cached version of the site, which claims the episodic sci-fi title is in development by Brimstone Interactive for iOS and Android tablets, along with a PC launch. The site states a “Fall 2014″ launch. It also bears some art:

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On the nature of the game, the site adds, “Eden Falls will deal with some heavy topics and is thus targeted towards a mature, adult audience. Sex, drugs and violence will all play their part through out the story.

“Eden Falls is designed from the ground up as a single player RPG. We have no plans to include any multiplayer functionality in the first episode at least. Future multiplayer support is possible for the later releases.”

Elsewhere, the project is listed as in-development using Unity, and that – at the time of writing – it was at the prototype stage.

The cached site raises several questions about the status of Eden Falls. Is Microsoft stepping in as publisher, or has it acquired the project from Brimstone and transferred or possibly shared development with its Lift studio in London?

What do you think? We’ll have more on this as it happens. Stay tuned.

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