How narrative and gameplay can tell an emotional story.
To Leave, the emotional narrative driven platformer developed by Freaky Creations, is available now on Steam and PlayStation 4. In To Leave, you inhabit Harm – character who is suffering from manic depression. In possession of a magical flying door, Harm makes his way through expansive, vivid levels akin to an Ayahuasca trip in order to fulfil his Plan – to harvest the souls of his homeworld so that everyone can leave this world and enter Heaven. To Leave’s unorthodox level design, animated cutscenes, and deeply emotional universe are fuelled by pain and driven by an inspiring, obsessive attention to detail.
Creative Director at the small Ecuadorian studio, Freaky Creations, Estefano Palacios, recently had this to say about the games narrative and what the team was aiming for through development.
“It was liberating to embark on To Leave’s development without concern for what was thought possible for a small Ecuadorian studio. I’ve never done anything more difficult in my life! To Leave is a deeply personal experience. Sometimes harrowing, often puzzling, it gives players something they don’t expect in a self-contained, interactive narrative.“
If you are interested in picking up the game, be sure to head over to the To Leave Steam page where it is currently available at 20% off for £5.75 / $7.99. It is also on the PlayStation Store for $9.99 with no other regions have confirmed pricing at time of writing.
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