For those that like something a little 'different' in their gaming library, The Path may be for you. The title is said to downplay the value of advanced technology and "sophisticated" gameplay in favour of "focusing entirely on emergent storytelling and the visceral experience of "being there". While it's surely an eclectic piece of art, creators point Auriea Harvey & Michael Samyn out they're "not really doing anything new":
"We're just removing the parts of game design that we feel stop the medium from growing and expanding. Sure, some purist gamers may not appreciate The Path. But that's only to be expected. We want The Path to be a game for people who have been neglected by the industry. People who sullenly stood by while their boyfriend was shooting alien monsters and their grandmother was collecting virtual diamonds. A game that allows you to explore, to fantasize, and to grow."
Tales of Tales is the studio behind it, who will be releasing the game next week. With that, a trailer has been made which you can see below. Yes, it's 'different', too:
The Path is a modern retelling of Little Red Ridinghood. The player controls six sisters who are sent out, one by one, to bring their sickly grandmother a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine. The path to her house is straight and short and no obstacles prevent you from swiftly completing your mission. But what about that forest along the way? Mother told you not to enter it! But isn't that how the story goes? Aren't you supposed to meet the wolf?
Cool or what? Apparently though, they were going to go the traditional route, but that stuff just didn't fly:
"At first we were going to make a traditional launch trailer." explain creators Auriea Harvey & Michael Samyn, "You know, a little movie that explains the narrative premise of the game, shows some gameplay and then serves some kind of challenge. And our first sketches were just fine. But then we started cutting things up and working with the recordings of [composer] Jarboe reading the original fairy tale. The end result much more clearly reflects the experience of the game: strange, disjointed and completely open for interpretation while simultaneously feeling very comfortable and intimate."
For those interested, the music and voice acting are done by Jarboe, a solo artist and former member of Swans.
The Path releases March 18 on Steam and Direct2Drive for $9.99 USD. Keep your eye on this one -- we may have a review up for you shortly.