Today, Romania-based developer Sand Sailor Studios and publisher Square Enix announced that their atmospheric puzzle game, Black The Fall, is set to launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on July 11, 2017.
Black The Fall is a game that takes place after decades of toil, where an old machinist (who you play as) plots his escape from the oppressive grasp of the Communist regime. Along the way through hidden passages, shadow, and grief, the old machinist will befriend an abandoned little robot, and together, the two will try and escape the bleak and deadly world they find themselves in.
Black The Fall was born back in 2014, as an art project and as a black and white stealth-platformer. The game’s concept came as a way to illustrate and express rebellion against the mechanisms of a heavily corrupted system, rooted in decades of communism that Romania endured.
In the month to follow, the game changed to a puzzle game as it was a better way to illustrate what it means to cope with a restrictive regime. Cristian Diaconescu, Creative Director at Sand Sailor Studio continues:
“We lived in times where there was no freedom of speech, intellectuals were thrown in prisons and tortured, food was subject to rationing, there was no access to contraception. Access to western culture was minimal. It sounds Orwellian, but unfortunately it happened in real life in most of communist countries. And the worst part is that it’s still happening in some parts of the world. Also, as we explored this path we realized that the oppressive mechanics apply to the western world today, where a lot of people feel trapped in conforming with a system they don’t believe in. With Black the Fall, we are offering an alternative course of action, where anyone has the chance to outsmart the system and escape it.”
Below, you can check out the release date announcement trailer which accompanied today’s news as a well as a batch of screenshots of the game.