12 March 1938. Renée, 16 years old, is ripped out of her world, locked up and deprived of everything. Her only fault was that she didn’t know what her place in the world was.
The Town of Light is a psychological thriller adventure told in the first person. The story is set in Italy in the first half of the 20th Century in a place which really existed and has been meticulously reconstructed. Exploring and interacting with the environment you will relive the history of the main character through her confused viewpoint and on the basis of your choices, the story will develop in different ways.
The game aims to explore what’s really happened inside those walls in the fictional eyes of Renèe’s, an imaginary 16 years old girl that suffers from mental illness. The adventure starts at present days, near the Asylum. Renèe’s voice will guides the player, which will try to find her forgotten and blurred memories through her eyes.
A live action trailer, featuring the heart-rending track ‘I Will Find You’ from Icelandic singer-songwriter Sóley, has just been released to highlight the story-driven game’s reality-grounded premise, lending further insight into the fictional story of Renée. Set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum – a former mental treatment facility based in Tuscany, Italy – The Town of Light is based on extensive research and inspired by first-hand accounts of the asylum’s patients. Check it out below.
Wired Productions have collaborated with London South Bank University to create an in-depth photo and video showcase of the real Italian asylum, which features in the game. Wired Productions flew filmmaker, writer, and student at London South Bank University, Alexandra Furssedonn Howard to Volterra, Italy to document the now defunct ‘Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra’ complex and surrounding area for a three-day shoot. Inspired by the peeling paint, abandoned furniture, and ominous mannequins, Alexandra looked to her love of gothic horror and the psychological when creating the Volterra art film and accompanying photographic galleries.
Check it out below.
Set within the sleepy Tuscan village of Volterra against picture-perfect, rolling countryside, the ramshackle remains of the asylum have been expertly captured through a series of breathtaking photographs and videos – all available to view on their specially created website here.
The Town of Light certainly looks like a deep and disturbing story. This is LKA.it’s first PS4 release, and one that looks set to make a mark on everyone who plays it. The Town of Light releases on June 6th in physical and digital formats for £15.99/€19.99/$19.99. The game also comes to Xbox One, and existing owners of the PC version will receive an update and acquire this enhanced release free of charge.
The Town of Light comes with a PS4 collectors edition too which can be ordered here.
Our very own SJ has already entered the asylum, so be sure to head back here on June 6th for her review!