Hidden Agenda (2017 video game)

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Hidden Agenda
Hidden Agenda cover art.jpg
Australian cover art
Developer(s)Supermassive Games
Publisher(s)Sony Interactive Entertainment
Director(s)Will Doyle
Producer(s)Jez Harris
Writer(s)Larry Fessenden
Graham Reznick
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
  • NA: 24 October 2017
  • EU: 22 November 2017
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Hidden Agenda is a 2017 action-adventure game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on 24 October 2017 for PlayStation 4.


Hidden Agenda is a psychological[1] action-adventure game played from a third-person perspective.[2] The player takes control of homicide detective Becky Marney and district attorney Felicity Graves, both of whom are involved in the case of a serial killer known as The Trapper.[3] The game features quick time events that determine the outcome of the story, including a character's death or survival. With the PlayLink feature, others may join the game to vote for a specific decision to be made, using their Android or iOS smartphones. In competitive mode, one player will at some point receive a secret objective, or Hidden Agenda, which is intended to create conflict between the players as they try to prevent it from happening.[2][4][5]


Supermassive Games served as the game's developer,[6] using Unreal Engine 4.[7][8]


Hidden Agenda was announced at E3 2017,[5] along with a launch trailer promoting support for the PlayLink feature.[4]


The game won the award for "Best of E3" at the GamesRadar+ E3 Awards.[9]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2017 Game Critics Awards Best Mobile/Handheld Nominated [10][11]
Best Family/Social Game Won
Gamescom 2017 Best Social/Online Game Nominated [12][13]
Best Casual Game Won
2018 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D Nominated [14][15]
Innovation in Game Technology Nominated
Develop Awards Writing or Narrative Design Nominated [16][17]
Gameplay Innovation Won
The Independent Game Developers' Association Awards Best Social Game Won [18][19]


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  13. ^ Staff (24 August 2017). "Super Mario Odyssey sweeps Best Of Gamescom awards". Metro. DMG Media.
  14. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 9 February 2018. Archived from the original on 15 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
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  18. ^ Stephenson, Suzi (19 September 2018). "TIGA Announces Games Industry Awards 2018 Finalists". The Independent Game Developers' Association.
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