Way back in the olden days of 2018, developers Galactic Cafe and Crows Crows Crows announced they were bringing an enhanced version of beloved first-person narrative adventure The Stanley Parable to consoles and PC in the shiny new guise of an Ultra Deluxe Edition. Originally, it was due to launch in 2019, but then it wasn’t. After that, it was due to launch in 2020, but now it isn’t again.
As in the original game (and, indeed, its 2013 commercial remake), the Ultra Deluxe Edition sees players, cast as the titular Stanley, engaging in an endless battle of wits with an omnipotent narrator. From a single starting point, Stanley is able to confound the narrator’s carefully laid plans in numerous ways, sending the adventure spiralling off in increasingly strange directions.
The end result is frequently hilarious and surprisingly philosophical, and the Ultra Deluxe Edition promises all of that plus “”more content, more endings, more whimsical adventures”. Indeed, creators Davey Wreden and William Pugh have suggested that the new stuff in this third iteration of The Stanley Parable will amount to about half the size of the original script.