The PlayStation console is no stranger to dark adventure indie titles. Games like Papo & Yo showed us that a story could be told in a traditional puzzle-platformer style, yet have an impactful underlying message that still resonates with its audience. The title coming from indie developer Swordtales seems like its riding similar rails in terms of development.
Toren is a great example of the type of game we look to partner with,” said Steve Escalante, general manager of Versus Evil. “It’s a unique, exciting, and beautiful game with a story that truly captivates the player. The Swordtales team has done a great job in developing this magical world and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them. We look forward to sharing more information in the months to come and to finally releasing Toren to gamers across the globe.”
The game so far boasts an “introspective and captivating” experience through the course of its story, which is something also comparable to that of Papo & Yo. Players take on the role of “Moonchild,” bearing witness to such things as her birth, and the inevitable expedition of the tower known as Toren.
It should also be noted that Toren is undertaking a slightly different development angle. As stated on the official site for the game, it is “…one of the first games being supported by Brazilian Cultural Incentive Law.” Meaning, the investment into the game, being that it is a cultural project (assuming it is in reference to art/film/media) offers tax incentives for corporations to invest in that given company–which, in itself, has its own qualms and quarrels.
“Toren™ is one of the first games being supported by Brazilian Cultural Incentive Law, The company that support the project may deduct part of the amount invested in their income tax. In addition, the brand will appear in the starting and ending credits, as well as in Toren’s promotional materials.”
Toren is currently slated for an Early 2015 release date. It is slated for a PC, Mac and PlayStation 4 release. Click here to visit the official site for Toren.