The Quiet Man Trailer Was Weird, but The Enigmatic Letter From The Developer is Even Weirder
During the E3 conference, Square Enix, the publisher and developer of some of the famous game franchises such as the Final Fantasy, the Tomb Raider and the Hitman, showcased a trailer for their upcoming game titled The Quite Man. The trailer immediately attracted lots of attention as it was an interesting mix of both live-actions shots, as well as in-game footage. On top of that, the trailer was also rather weird as it featured a guy confronting some fellas who were just sitting in an alley, casually drinking and telling him to get lost as they didn’t want the ''chow'' he was carrying in a paper bag. From there, things got more confusing as the dude just goes crazy and beats up all of them, and even ends up putting the said paper bag on one of the guy’s faces while he is just lying on the ground unconscious. Nothing more was said after the trailer was released, except that more info on the game will be available in August, so naturally, people started speculating as to what was the trailer actually about.
My initial theory was that we will get to assume the role of a disgruntled food delivery guy who had to go out in the middle of a night in an attempt to make a delivery, only to discover that he has been pranked called, so in order to vent his anger, he goes ballistic on the three drunks who gave him a dirty look and refused his undelivered food. Despite the awesomeness of my theory, it turns out that the story is much deeper than that, as the latest letter from the producer, which you can read below, confirms it.
And for those with bad vision, such as myself, here is a typed out version:
““Words” are truly amazing. They possess the power even to change the world. This is undeniable. For me personally, words are as precious as they are valuable. That said, I believe we as humans are capable of connections that transcend words—for example, an infant need only to look into his mother’s eyes to know he is safe and loved. And in a world that overflows with cascades of words taken for granted, I can’t help but think it’s often difficult to realize such connections exist.
Words shape consciousness; indeed, some even say that “words are life.” But what if we were to cast aside such a life? What if somehow, we were able to understand one another through connections formed heart to heart, soul to soul, and could once again look into one another’s eyes and form a bond so pure? This concept lies at the core of The Quiet Man. Feelings that remain after words are abandoned, feelings that can be conveyed even without words—aren’t these the feelings that are truly important in this life?"
Yes, so I guess my theory about the angry delivery driver holds no merit, but nevertheless this letter made me rewatch the original trailer more carefully and notice some things that I’ve missed the first time around. Namely, at 0:29 of the video, just as the hobos refuse the guy’s chow, we can see him pointing at his ear and gesticulating that he doesn’t hear them, implying that he is deaf or maybe even mute, meaning that he is probably the Quiet Man. Also, at 0:42, just prior to the confrontation and the trailers' transition from live-action to CGI, we can see a man lying on the ground behind the Quite Man, which can possibly mean that that man was attacked by the three drunk guys and that Quite Man is simply avenging him.
Although this does shine a bit more light on the game, there are still many unanswered questions making this the most enigmatic trailer of the E3, after Kojima’s Death Stranding of course. Nevertheless, the trailer does look promising and with the producer’s letter out, it is safe to assume that there will be some philosophical or pseudoscience background to the story which makes everything that more interesting. My only worry as of right now is that mixing of live-action sequences does not turn The Quite Man into an atrocity such as The Quantum Break which, for those unfamiliar with the latter, forces players to watch 15 minute live-action videos in between levels in order to prolong the storyline. Lastly, we just have to wait until August to get more information on The Quite Man, but until then we can all enjoy the trailer and read up on theories and speculations about the it and the game which arise almost daily.
You can see the trailer for the upcoming The Quiet Man below.
Edited by EchelonBrk