Independent developer, LKA.it based in Florence, Italy, is #announcing today that their first #game, The Town of Light for #Linux, Mac and Windows PC, which has been selected to be present at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Indie Arcade event.
The event affords creative independent game designers and developers the opportunity to show their work at a 1-day event open to the public. The selection is based on quality, narrative, innovation and social/cultural impact. For the first time ever, an Italian title has been selected by representatives of the Smithsonian, UCLA, American University, DePaul University and IGDA (International Game Developer Association).
“Been selected by such a prestigious institution is an honour for us that prove all our efforts in researching mental illness and the history of mental institution was worthwile. We are looking forward to meet the public in Washington in January” said Luca Dalcò, creative director of The Town of Light.
The Town of Light is a first-person psychological thriller set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum. The asylum was shut down in the late 1970’s by a law from the Italian government which instructed all asylums to close completely and give back patients their civil rights
The game will be played through the fictional eyes of Renée, an imaginary 16 year-old girl that suffers from the symptoms of mental illness.
- Inspired by true stories.
- Set in one of the biggest asylums in Europe
- Over 7000 square metres of the real Volterra Asylum
- Rich bibliography about the history of mental institutions based on extensive research
- Non-linear gameplay experience allows different evolution of the main story
- Native support for Oculus Rift
- Best Story and Storytelling award at Paris Game Connection 2014
- Geekie Awards Los Angeles 2014 finalist
Also from today, LKA will start release sections of Renee’s Diary through The Town of Light website and social media. “We decided to reveal Renee’s Diary before the release of the game. Renee wrote this diary to remember her normal life before getting to Volterra and the player will be able to get to know her in preparation of the game release” added Luca.
The diary will be released in 9 instalments on a bi-weekly basis until the game is released.
The Town of Light has been developed with Unity game engine for Linux, Mac, Windows PC and will be released on February 26, 2015 on Steam.