As you may remember, The Artful Escape launched on Kickstarter back in February 2016, where it failed to meet its funding goal. Fast-forward to today however, and the game has apparently picked up a new publisher in Annapurna Interactive (who recently published What Remains of Edith Finch).
The news came via Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference, where developer Beethoven & Dinosaur also provided a new trailer and revealed that its debut game is coming to not only PC/Mac sometime “soon” but Xbox One.
The Artful Escape is said to be a narrative-driven action/adventure, music-sampling, platforming, rhythm laser-light guitar solo kind of game. The following story overview is provided:
On the eve of his first performance Francis Vendetti battles with the legacy of a dead folk legend and the cosmic wanderings of his own imagination.
Francis’s uncle, Johnson Vendetti, is a cultural megalith. His best album, Pines, hovers in the realm of untouchables. But while his uncle’s music rests in the green (very real) acreage of Calypso, Colorado, Francis’s music is born behind closed eyes, in a tempest of starlight and fantasy.
With his hometown expecting to see Johnson reborn on stage, Francis realizes he must rid himself of the name and persona of Francis Vendetti. Violetta, a laser artist returning home from California, suggests he become someone else entirely.
With the help of Violetta and Lightman, proprietor of Lightman’s Reptile and Telescope Emporium, Francis embarks on an adventure down an abandoned multidimensional roadway – a place of alchemists, wanderers, naked Space Gods, hallucinogens, horizonless wonder and incredible danger. There, Francis Vendetti searches for his new persona, and from the shadows of towering monsters, he plots his return.
In the game your dialogue choices shape the backstory, image, charisma, and the name of Francis’s new stage persona. A game description continues:
There’s a plethora of extra-dimensional-animalia to interact with and sample with your field recorder. Play your samples back to gain access to new areas, hypnotize beasts, and create your own alien arrangements. Make landscapes sing with your movement. Play operatic guitar solos through your holographic amplifier. Climb mountains. Ford the planes of space and oblivion. Become an awe-inspiring entertainer from beyond the stars.”
For more information on the game, be sure to click on the above-mentioned Kickstarter link. If you don’t need any more information and just want to see the game in action — then check out this new trailer that appeared during Microsoft’s E3 presser: