Following its launch on PC last February, Italian-based developer LKA has announced that its psychological horror game, The Town of Light, is coming to PS4 and the previously announced Xbox One at retail and digitally in Q2 2017.
Inspired by true events, The Town of Light is set in Tuscany, Italy at the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum, an asylum that has been closed since 1978 because its practices were deemed “too cruel.” Such cruelties reported included electroshock therapy on patients, as well as people being tied up to their beds in straightjackets. That being said, here’s an overview of the game from LKA:
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. “A danger to herself and others and a cause of public scandal” wrote the police headquarters. The only horror you will find in this game is the truth: a blow to the solar plexus, much more intense than any supernatural presence
The Town of Light is a psychological 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.
Dalco adds the following about the game’s development over on the PlayStation Blog:
“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.”
In the same post Dalco confirms the game on consoles will include a number of enhanced features, such as: additional story elements, reworked voiceover dialogue, more interactive elements and a huge graphical and UI overhaul that aims to deliver a more polished and immersive experience. This new enhanced version of the game will also release on the PC as well, and have PS4 Pro support.
Below, you can watch the game’s new trailer, as well as see some of its screenshots: