The following description was posted on a developer blog by Pope on May 24th, 2014.
- In 1802, the merchant ship "Obra Dinn" set out from London for the Orient with over 200 tons of trade goods. Six months later it hadn't met its rendezvous point at the Cape of Good Hope and was declared lost at sea. Early this morning of October 14th, 1808, the Obra Dinn drifted into port with sails damaged and no visible crew. As insurance adjustor for the East India Company's London Office, find means to board the ship and recover the captain's logbook for assessment.
In Return of the Obra Dinn, the player explores a ship called the "Obra Dinn" which has mysteriously drifted into port with all of its crew missing. The gameplay revolves around exploring the ship and determining the fate of everyone who was on board.