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Hidden Agenda (2017 video game)


Hidden Agenda is an adventure game played from a third-person perspective.[1] The player takes control of homicide detective Becky Marney and district attorney Felicity Graves, both of whom are involved in the case of a serial killer known as The Trapper.[2] The game features quick time events that determine the outcome of the story, including a character's death or survival. With the PlayLink feature, others may join the game to vote for a specific decision to be made, using their Android or iOS smartphones. In competitive mode, one player will at some point receive a secret objective, or Hidden Agenda, which is intended to create conflict between the players as they try to prevent it from happening.[1][3][4]


Supermassive Games served as the game's developer,[5] using Unreal Engine 4.[6][7]


Hidden Agenda was announced at E3 2017,[4] along with a launch trailer promoting support for the PlayLink feature.[3]


The game won the award for "Best of E3" at the GamesRadar+ E3 Awards.[8]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2017 Game Critics Awards Best Mobile/Handheld Nominated [9][10]
Best Family/Social Game Won
Gamescom 2017 Best Social/Online Game Nominated [11][12]
Best Casual Game Won
2018 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D Nominated [13][14]
Innovation in Game Technology Nominated
Develop Awards Writing or Narrative Design Nominated [15][16]
Gameplay Innovation Won
The Independent Game Developers' Association Awards Best Social Game Won [17][18]


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  2. ^ Purchese, Robert (13 June 2017). "Until Dawn dev shows Hidden Agenda, a crime thriller for PS4 with a social twist". Eurogamer. Gamer Network.
  3. ^ a b Hardawar, Devindra (13 June 2017). "'Hidden Agenda' is the next social game from the 'Until Dawn' crew". Engadget. AOL.
  4. ^ a b Thang, Jimmy (12 June 2017). "Murder Mystery Party Game Announced By Until Dawn Developer". GameSpot. CBS Interactive.
  5. ^ Romano, Sal (12 June 2017). "Sony announces PlayLink, a collection of PS4 titles aimed at non-gamers". Gematsu.
  6. ^ Kayser, Daniel (23 June 2017). "Unreal Engine Developers Were Everywhere at E3 2017". Unreal Engine.
  7. ^ "Hidden Agenda Review". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  8. ^ Staff (19 June 2017). "GamesRadar+ E3 awards - our best, most exciting games of E3 2017". GamesRadar+. Future plc.
  9. ^ Keefer, John (26 June 2017). "Ubisoft Rakes In 14 Nominations for E3 2017 Game Critics' Awards". Shacknews. Archived from the original on 26 June 2017.
  10. ^ Dayus, Oscar (28 June 2017). "Mario Dominates E3 2017 Game Critics Awards, Full List Of Winners Revealed". GameSpot. CBS Interactive.
  11. ^ Khan, Zubi (21 August 2017). "Gamescom 2017 Award Nominees". CGM.
  12. ^ Staff (24 August 2017). "Super Mario Odyssey sweeps Best Of Gamescom awards". Metro. DMG Media.
  13. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 9 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 13 March 2018.
  15. ^ Staff (21 May 2018). "Announcing the Develop Awards 2018 nominations shortlist". MCV.
  16. ^ Barton, Seth (12 July 2018). "The Develop Awards 2018: All the winners!". MCV.
  17. ^ Stephenson, Suzi (19 September 2018). "TIGA Announces Games Industry Awards 2018 Finalists". The Independent Game Developers' Association.
  18. ^ "2018 Winners". The Independent Game Developers' Association. 1 November 2018.