Variable State
Based in London and Dublin

Release date:
September 22 2016

PlayStation 4 US
PlayStation 4 EU
Xbox One


Regular Price:



VIRGINIA is a first person interactive drama. It is the story of a recently graduated FBI agent and her partner as they seek to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young boy.


VIRGINIA is the first game concept we've brought into production since forming Variable State. Inspired by our collective love of 90s TV dramas like Twin Peaks, The X-Files and The Outer Limits, we wanted to create a game which captured their mixture of the inexplicable, the absurd and the mundane. Our missing person drama is set in a world both familiar and strange and tells a story unlike any featured in a game before. VIRGINIA has been in development since early 2014.


  • An original interactive drama set in early 90s Virginia
  • Lead the hunt for a missing boy in the rural heartland of America
  • Live the story through the eyes of a fledgling FBI agent
  • Discover a cast of loners, has-beens, creeps and beatniks
  • Beautiful soundtrack by composer Lyndon Holland


Trailer YouTube, Vimeo

Trailer 2 YouTube, Vimeo

Trailer 3 YouTube, Vimeo

Music Trailer YouTube, Vimeo


download all screenshots & photos as .zip (6MB)
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download logo files as .zip (1MB)

Selected Articles

  • "Review: The X-Files meets Twin Peaks in a remarkable interactive thriller (5 stars)"
    - Olivia White, The Telegraph
  • "Review: If You Love David Lynch You Have to Play ‘Virginia’ (4.5/5)"
    - Matt Peckham, TIME
  • "Review: An Elegant And Riveting Thriller (9.25/10)"
    - Javy Gwaltney, Game Informer
  • "Review: Virginia is powerful and original (9/10)"
    - Colin Campbell, Polygon
  • "Review: An interactive crime thriller that puts magic in even the most mundane details (8.5/10)"
    - Chloi Rad, IGN
  • "Review: Virginia's an astonishing piece of narrative design, and a game that goes where few others are capable of following"
    - Christian Donlan, Eurogamer
  • "Review: Virginia is a surreal adventure that feels like a playable movie"
    - Andrew Webster, The Verge
  • "Review: Virginia’s intimacy makes it more than a Twin Peaks wannabe"
    - William Hughes, A.V. Club
  • "On a joué à… « Virginia », le jeu qui fait tout un cinéma"
    - Corentin Lamy, Le Monde
  • "Mystery Game Inspired By The X-Files Does A Lot Without Words"
    - Heather Alexandra, Kotaku
  • "How 'Virginia' Found a Voice Without Dialogue"
    - Lewis Gordon, VICE
  • "How Virginia uses the language of film to tell a different kind of video game story"
    - Andrew Webster, The Verge
  • "Detective Thriller Virginia Could be This Year’s Her Story"
    - Chris Schilling, Kotaku UK
  • "It's not enough for me to say that Virginia was the best new game that I tried at EGX last month. It's the best new game that I've seen this year..."
    - Paul Dean, Eurogamer.net
  • "Virginia looks good. Virginia sounds good. Virginia is ur-detective show, with hints that it will go somewhere stranger. Perhaps it will go where True Detective ultimately feared to tread."
    - Alec Meer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
  • "If David Lynch made a video game, it might look like 'Virginia'"
    - Andrew Webster, The Verge
  • "Exploring the low-poly Lynchian landscapes of Virginia"
    - Chris Priestman, Kill Screen

Development Blog
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About Variable State

Variable State is a game production company working remotely out of London and Dublin. We aim to tell surprising stories about intriguing characters.

More information
More information on Variable State, our logo & relevant media are available here.

Virginia Credits

Jonathan Burroughs
Game Developer

Terry Kenny
Game Developer

Lyndon Holland
Music and Sound

Kieran Keegan

Matt Wilde
Technical Art

Stephen Brown
3D Art

Conor Mccann
2D Art

Pink Kong Studios

Abby Roebuck

Mikael Persson

Steve James Brown

Edwin De Loor

Scott Hughes

Wayne Peters
Additional Art

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