Date added: 30/07/2015 Iceberg signs Empathy, a new adventure title for PC.
Haarlem, The Netherlands – 30 July 2015 – Discover the surreal world of Empathy (PC), a new first-person, action adventure, to be published by Iceberg Interactive, in 2016. Empathy is being developed by Swedish development studio Pixel Night, who have a passion for storytelling through the creation of atmospheric worlds. Empathy is packed with beautiful visuals, an intriguing storyline and a branching narrative to explore.
Following a devastating collapse of society, you experience the memories and emotions left behind by people in mementos, spread throughout the slowly decaying world. Manipulate and explore various emotions and solve puzzles in order to progress through the world, and discover what caused the disaster that surrounds you.
“At Pixel Night we are big fans of exploration and story-heavy games and we have set out to create a game that would seamlessly merge the two. Empathy is a game that challenges the player as they explore its surreal world, instead of holding their hand. We are excited to bring Empathy to adventure fans, thanks to Iceberg Interactive, who have shown full support and understanding of our creative vision”, says Anton Pustovoyt, Founder of Pixel Night.
A press kit with some of Empathy’s art and first screenshots can be downloaded HERE.
Iceberg Interactive will bring Empathy to various digital download platforms, including Steam, and European retail stores in 2016. For more information on Empathy, please see the official website www.empathygame.org or like Empathy on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/empathygame
Blinking against the light, you step into a world that seems broken apart, almost dead… Yet there is a pulse, beating faintly in the back of your mind. What has happened in this place, where the people are gone and their memories echo in the silence? Where emotions appear as physical things, hanging in the air, just waiting for someone to reach out…
Empathy is a first-person, action adventure game with a strong focus on storytelling and exploration. Players will find themselves in a surreal world, made from people’s emotions and memories, which they can manipulate and explore. Those lost memories are the key to rebuilding the crumbling world back to its former state, discovering its mysterious past and halting the impending apocalypse. Through its innovative narrative mechanics the game will challenge the player to explore and gain an understanding of the weird world they are traveling through.
• Discover and explore other people’s memories in order to change the world around you, solve puzzles and access new areas.
• Traverse a strange world and uncover what triggered the silent apocalypse.
• Follow a branching narrative as it develops, interwoven with your exploration.
• Experience the story through multiple first person perspectives and use your wits to piece the events together.
About Pixel Night
Pixel Night is a newly founded studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, consisting of talented individuals with broad backgrounds in all aspects of game development, from programming and art to design and writing. Our passion is visual storytelling in games, creating worlds that are full of atmosphere and secrets waiting to be discovered.
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Date added: 29/07/2015 Iceberg Interactive to publish 3D Sci-Fi Adventure Title ‘Bonded’
Developed by Arkavi Studios and Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Haarlem, The Netherlands – 29 July 2015 - Imagine a post-apocalyptic Earth, ruled and dominated by intelligent, self-aware machines, as you play a little girl and her robot friend trying to bring Machine’s oppression to an end. Developer Arkavi Studios introduce Bonded, a heart-warming and epic story, proving that friendship can break any boundaries. Iceberg Interactive is set to publish this 3D Sci-Fi Adventure for PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One in the 4th Quarter of 2015.
Edgar Ferreira, Art Director at Arkavi Studios says: “We are very happy to finally announce Bonded, a game we've been developing with great joy. With this game we aim to offer a rich experience full of challenging puzzles, unique environments that will fuel your imagination and a touching story that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions."
Erik Schreuder, CEO at Iceberg Interactive says: “While extending our co-operation with Arkavi Studios, we are pleased to see that they are following their personal passion for adventure games, something we definitely share at Iceberg."
Download some first screenshots and artwork of Bonded HERE.
Bonded is a 3D animated adventure game, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, in which you must lead a little girl called Mira, and her trusty partner, a domestic robot called Bao, in a quest to find her parents.
Long, long ago, humanity was at the peak of its technological powers. Over-dependent on their creations, machines & robots, humans forgot how to live without them. One day a major catastrophe struck planet Earth, and the Human era was over - and thus began the Machine era. Intelligent machines found a way to survive, and turned their back on humanity, which had become obsolete. Hunted down like a disease that needed to be cured, humans had to hide from what once they relied on... robots.
Today the world is very much changed. Cities have been reclaimed by nature, the world-wide human population has been reduced to a 3 digit number, and there are more robots than ever. Inside a giant bunker, a little girl and her faithful old robot remain, her parents left to get help, following an epidemic that killed nearly all of the bunker’s inhabitants. This girl knows nothing of the world outside, but when danger forces her to leave, only an old book and her old robot can help her on her journey to find her lost parents. But as fate would have it, she ends up discovering much, much more than she could have ever imagined.
• Travel through the post-apocalyptic wasteland and explore many different types of location
• Switch between two playable characters (the girl and her robot) at any time
• Collect objects, explore and solve challenging puzzles
• Embark on a story of true friendship, full of twists and turns
About Arkavi Studios
Arkavi Studios is an independent game development company, founded in 2013 in Leiria, Portugal. We are really passionate about what we do, putting our heart and soul into every game we make, and making the games we would like to play. Arkavi Studios has previously released the 4x space strategy game Lords of the Black Sun and is now developing Bonded, branching out to console game development.
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