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Psychological Adventure The Town of Light Coming to PS4 This Spring

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Psychological Adventure The Town of Light Coming to PS4 This Spring

Hi, I’m Luca from studio LKA.it based in Florence, Italy. We’re incredibly excited to be bringing our first video game The Town of Light to PS4 in 2017. I’d like to start by telling you a little bit about the game itself.

Inspired by true events, The Town of Light finds its setting at the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum, Tuscany, Italy. In operation for close to a century, the asylum closed in the late 1970s following a law passed by the Italian government, ordering the closure of such facilities and that patients be returned their human rights.

Psychological Adventure The Town of Light Coming to PS4 This Spring

The Town of Light delves into a number of delicate themes through the eyes of protagonist Renée, a resident of the institution, as she tries to piece together her past, exploring the ruins of the facility where she endured much of her youth.

The Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra complex still stands to this day and was once home to nearly 6,000 patients, the Charcot — one of the complex’s many structures — and home to our story, has been painstakingly reconstructed by our team. Through extensive research we hope to give our players a glimpse into the treatment of those suffering with mental illness throughout the mid-part of the 20th century.

We started as a small team with experience in production of both CGI and live action film. We began to meticulously piece together an image of what life was like for those who spent their lives in such facilities. From historical documentation to physical objects recovered from Volterra, alongside first person accounts of both patients and staff, we began to piece together a vision for Renée’s story.

This sort of development with such a small team is an intense and exhausting experience, but something that we felt incredibly passionate about. After The Town of Light’s initial launch, we were overwhelmed by the response from the community and this has spurred us on to bring the stories of those who suffered with mental health to a much wider audience — with the PlayStation community at the core of that vision.

The game has some difficult moments making it unsuitable for children, but moments which we felt were important to include, doing justice to those who suffered at the hands of a system which was clearly overwhelmed and itself didn’t know all of the answers. Today things are of course very different as great advances in the care for those with mental illness have been made around the world.

Utilizing the strengths of PS4 and now the Pro hardware, the console version of the game will include a number of enhanced features we hope will make The Town of Light a more immersive experience than ever, from improved visual effects to new story and gameplay elements.

We truly believe The Town of Light is an experience like no other.

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  • TrueAssassin86x

    I’ll check this out for sure. Looks intresting. Any word on a day one playstation plus discount. This will go on my to download list.

    • If it’s too early for them to announce a release date or price, then it’s REALLY too early for them to announce a Plus discount.

  • This looks incredible! Day one buy for sure providing the pricing isn’t off kilter. Looks like a GOTY contender for me. Any word on a release date?

  • Playz4Keeps

    I really shouldn’t be getting this excited over a game centered around the suffering of others, but oh well, yeah! Go Italia!! Rappresentano!

  • Looking at Steam; the PC version will be getting VR support. Will this feature be available for the Playstation version?

    It sure presents itself to be a heartfelt story of the cruelty of others when one does not fit the ideal.

  • Interesting game hopefully a demo is planned so I can try it out before making my decision to purchase. If no demo is available most likely it will get swept under the rug for me.

  • JUSTAME_MARIO

    Definitely interested, if PSVR mode is supported then day one purchase for me.

  • Wouldn’t it be better to just write a book about the atrocities of the subject matter? Not sure that it has any place in the gaming world. I know I for one don’t want to play a game about mentally ill patients as I find no pleasure in even saying the name. I know most of the good ideas for games have been used already, but come on, this just seems 50 Shades of Wrong to me…!

    • dkarlowicz10

      Wouldn’t it be better to write about atrocities of war and combat? Yet, there are more games on that subject than other subject, yet few complain. Why would this be any different.

    • Razor_Von_Occam

      I appreciate your concern but for those of us in the mentally ill community, a lot of us heal by identifying with others experiences, it makes us feel left alone. By putting this subject into a game rather than a book, it reaches out to a genre who are not aware books actually exist. Video “games” are evolving past the purpose of pong.

    • Razor_Von_Occam

      The possibilities of this game are endless and after watching the trailer, well, they are still endless. I am very interested in this game but what was that all about? And where does that poster get off mentioning GOTY based on that trailer?

  • CaptReynolds

    The effort put into this game gives a very eerie feel which seems appealing from a sheer story point of view. Not just horror for horrors sake. The character voice is deep and very emotional and the music is equally good. Although the content is sure to be intense I would look forward to exploring what this game could be. My only hold back is a better idea of game play. It’s truly great to be brought in by what you see in the trailer… although I don’t care about the review quotes… but if it’s a game we kinda need to see “the game”.

  • interesting …. interesting.

    Want to see gameplay next

  • whereymyconary

    Reviews for the PC version look fantastic, definitely will keep my eye out for it.

  • PanTheMan16

    Ah man, this looks incredible. I’ve been obsessed with Tuscany for years. Sadly, I’m a complete wuss when it comes to any type of horror game, so I’ll regrettably have to pass on this one.

  • This looks really good. Would love to see a psvr mode too. Will be on the look out for its launch. Thanks !

  • Looks very interesting. My type of game.

  • genuinexeal

    #want

    Please bring more like this.

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