Fourth State is a games studio based in Ipswich and founded by game designer Mark Backler formerly of EA, Kuju and Lionhead, where he worked on titles such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Fable 2. The studio is currently developing their debut title, The Last Word, which won Best Indie Game, Best Story and Most Creative/ Original at the 2016 Game Connection awards in San Francisco.
The Last Word is a 2D exploration game that takes place between the pages of a girl’s diary and an imaginary fantasy land. It sees players interacting with different words to solve puzzles and has a strong focus on narrative.
Players explore the diary of young, aspiring writer, Izzy, and piece together the torn pages of her fantasy story, which they then get to live out - taking on the role of a young adventurer desperately questing to prove herself worthy of being a knight.