E3 2019: 12 Minutes is a looping Groundhog's Day thriller

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On a dark and stormy night, in a depressing one-bedroom/one-bath apartment, one woman is about to reveal what should be great news to her husband. Surprise, hon, we're having a baby. That kind of thing. Except the husband already knows how this exchange is going to go. Before he even opens up the gift—the gift that contains the surprise baby onesie—the man dryly states what's in the gift box and why the woman got the gift. He knows, because she's already given him the gift.

He shifts gears quickly. He says a man is coming. That man says the woman killed her father. And that man is going to hurt us. 

12 Minutes is some interactive fiction from Annapurna Interactive. It's some pretty good nightmare fuel for small, domestic lives like mine. A baby on the way, a home invasion, a suddenly unclear history with your wife? And presumably, you've got 12 minutes to fit together one more piece of the puzzle before all three of you die and you get to do it again. Live, Die, Repeat. What would you do with your life if you knew there were only 12 minutes left of it? Explain things calmly? Demand answers? Make love to your wife? Hide in the bathroom? Snuggle on the couch? Dance? Take a beating from the bald man in black? Kill your wife to spare her the harm from the stranger?

12 Minutes is an interactive thriller about a man trapped in a time loop. It's coming soon to PC and Xbox One.