Time Loop Thriller 12 Minutes Stars Daisy Ridley, James McAvoy, and Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe from 2019's The Lighthouse
Willem Dafoe from 2019's The Lighthouse
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Murder mystery 12 Minutes re-emerged at Gamescom 2020 opening night with even more polish and an all-star voice cast that includes Daisy Ridley, James McAvoy, and Willem Dafoe.

The game, an interactive thriller about a man trapped in a 12-minute time loop, has been in development for several years now, with previews dating back to 2015. A cinematic trailer at E3 2019 showed off the tragedy at the center of the game’s mystery. This new trailer shows a variety of seemingly different time loops while Dafoe waxes poetic in a voiceover.

It’s just as tragic and unnerving as before, but now with the added gravitas of the star most recently of The Florida Project and The Lighthouse. It’s unclear what roles Dafoe, Ridley, McAvoy will play, but it seems like a good guess they’ll each play one of the three people in the trailer.


12 Minutes was originally supposed to come out sometime this year, but it’s still only listed as “coming soon” to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. Hopefully the game doesn’t remain trapped in its own development time loop for much longer.

Correction: the description of the game’s trailer has been updated to reflect that it’s distinct from the existing E3 2019 one.

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com

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I still don’t really know what this game is (how is it played?) but I’m very excited to experience it. Hopefully this’ll give Dafoe a good game to be part of.