The Old City: Leviathan, PostMod Softworks narrative-driven exploration game, is now available on Steam. Accompanying today’s release is a brand new launch trailer that gives players a sneak peak into this darkly beautiful game.
Combining the meandering, ambiguous narrative of Dear Esther, the multi-linear structure of Gone Home, and the unfathomable, warping environment of The Stanley Parable, The Old City: Leviathan is PostMod Softworks’ ambitious story-driven début.
Players are accompanied by nothing but the protagonist’s poetic musings and an atmospheric score. You’ll need to explore and absorb the world around you if you ever hope to understand the history of the eponymous city, and how you came to be there.
The team sought to discard the esoteric puzzles and repetitive gameplay loops of traditional games in favour of a pure narrative experience that delves into philosophical themes oft-neglected by the medium. Their idea passed Steam Greenlight in just four days.
“Our goal is to create a story that relies on your ability to explore, and in doing so we are exploring new topics in the gaming medium. Beyond this, we want to show that narrative and visuals alone can make a fantastic experience, and that they are not necessarily secondary to elements like gameplay” says Blaine Bowen of PostMod Softworks. “Games can be for whoever and about whatever, and our game is for people willing to discover and about how to exist with differing beliefs.”
Players have the option to simply walk from start to finish, but the real meat of the game lies in the hidden nooks and crannies of the world; in secret areas, behind closed doors, and in a 30,000-word novella that reveals itself as the game progresses.
The Old City: Leviathan is available now on Steam. Grab your copy this week for 25% the regular price.
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