Psychological adventure game The Town of Light will release on June 6th in physical and digital formats. Featuring numerous improvements and new supporting content for its console debut, The Town of Light is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
To celebrate, Wired Productions has released a live action trailer, featuring the heart-rending track I Will Find You from Icelandic singer-songwriter Sóley to highlight the "story-driven" game's "reality-grounded" premise.
The description for the game is pretty simple, but a little understated. You play through the fictional eyes of Renée, a 16-year-old girl who suffers from mental illness.
"She is searching for answers to the many questions from her past, whilst exploring the place where she spent most of her youth. What happens next is a dark and emotional journey where the lines between entertainment, storytelling and reality become very blurred indeed. The game, based on extensive research and inspired by real facts, is a first-person psychological story driven adventure game set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum, based in Tuscany, Italy."
The Town of Light was, in fact, inspired by a true story from the Volterra Asylum, which was shut down in the late 1970s when Italy passed a law to close all asylums and give patients back their civil rights. (Which, yay, civil rights protections for the mentally ill!) But it also led to some horrifying problems, because those people were often released without any assistance. Italy wasn't the only place to face this issue; the late 70s saw the shutdown of numerous asylums across the world, often giving former patients no support on their journey back to civil independence. And seeing one of those stories reflected in a game? Well, that's pretty fantastic.
The original release was the winner of the indieDB Editor's Choice 2015 award for Best Visuals and Game Connection Paris 2014 award for Best Narrative.
The Town of Light will get it's high-res re-release on June 6th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out the newest trailer below.