Mental illness can creep up without our knowledge and it’s a hard thing to deal with. Most people would rather avoid thinking about something than traveling into the dark recesses of their minds. One upcoming title from Artifact 5 aims to change that by diving deep into a surreal story of depression. It confronts the parts of our psyche that we fear.
First announced back in March, Anamorphine is somewhat out of the ordinary in the sense that it has no narrative or dialogue. Instead, it tells the story by letting you experience the world through the eyes of Tyler, a man who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. By traveling with him through his memories, you’ll unlock clues that will help you understand his troubled past.
Previously announced for a winter release, Artifact 5 has now confirmed that Anamorphine will release for PSVR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift on January 16 on Steam at a $19.99 price tag. The studio also an in-depth look at the gameplay with commentary from Producer Samantha Cook.
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Tyler’s mental illness begins to manifest itself when an accident leaves his wife Elena unable to play the cello―an activity that represents both her livelihood and emotional outlet. Helpless as Elena slips into depression, Tyler returns again and again to the painful memories, his own mind against him. Told through pure environmental storytelling, Anamorphine eschews dialogue and UI in favor of uniquely surreal scenes and a breathtaking cello-focused soundtrack.
Artifact 5 will also bring Anamorphine to PlayStation Experience 2017 in Anaheim, next week. You can head to booth #88 if you want to be one of the first to have a hands-on experience with the game.