How to make an FMV game: 10 pro tips

How to make an FMV game; a series of film stills
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In this feature on how to make an FMV game I've interviewed some leading developers who specialise in this niche but important video game genre. So, if you've ever dreamt of making your own film or perhaps your own game, then learning how to make an FMV game can combine both ambitions.

If you're still asking 'what are FMV games?' then let me explain: Good FMV games combine live actors and physical sets with branching storyline mechanics, making for what is akin to an interactive movie. 2022’s Immortality impressed to the tune of a BAFTA win, and smaller playable flicks like 2017’s The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker have become certified cult hits. Read my guide to the best FMV games for more inspiration.

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Jess Kinghorn
Freelance writer

Jess is PLAY Magazine’s games editor, and is known for championing the weird, the wonderful, and the downright janky. A fan of cult classic JRPGs and horror, her rants about Koudelka and Shadow Hearts have held many a captive audience. Outside of writing about all things PlayStation, she’s also a lifelong fan of Nintendo’s handheld consoles. Having whiled away most of her college years playing The World Ends With You on the original Nintendo DS, she’s looking forward to uncovering all of NEO’s secrets too. Beginning her career as Official PlayStation Magazine’s staff writer in 2017, she’s since written for PC Gamer, SFX, Games Master, and Games TM.

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