Röki is a multi-award successful journey sport impressed by Scandinavian folklore, and arrives on PlayStation 5 on October 28. Set within the beautiful, snow-capped wilderness, you play Tove. She’s a younger lady plunged right into a residing fairytale, the place you have to clear up puzzles, gather curiosities, and uncover a story of tragic loss. Your quest is to rescue your brother Lars from Röki; a big pitch-black creature with a mysterious smile. Just like the film Jaws, our sport is eponymously named after its monster, though there could also be extra to Röki than meets the attention…
As Tove, you discover the enchanting 3D world, discover long-forgotten objects, speak with misunderstood monsters, and clear up historical puzzles to unlock paths deeper into the wilderness. You can too dive into the pages of Tove’s handwritten journal that she scribbles in as you discover, charting her journey. This consists of notes of folklore, loot, and wilderness “badge” achievements, in addition to a few of her interior ideas and reflections.
The sport’s mixture of fairytale journey, emotional storytelling, and signature graphical artwork fashion has received it many accolades, accumulating in nominations for Finest Debut Sport at The Sport Awards and Finest British Sport and Finest Debut Sport on the BAFTA Sport Award, which was wonderful for us as a tiny indie staff.
Journey for all
Röki is our tackle modernizing the basic journey video games we liked rising up – video games like Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Grim Fandango. We wished to seize the storytelling and spirit of journey from these video games, however extra importantly, replace the play fashion for audiences in the present day. You are taking direct management of Tove with the pad and may discover the world in 3D, reasonably than directing her with a cursor. Not solely does this make the sport really feel extra instant and responsive nevertheless it additionally permits the participant to type a greater bond with Tove, as they’re enjoying as her, reasonably than directing her from afar.
As a lot as we love the basic journey sport, we wished to make a frustration-free journey that each seasoned and boxfresh adventurers alike might take pleasure in. A lot of this got here all the way down to accessible puzzle design that makes real-world sense after which tons of person testing to see how gamers responded to the gameplay. It was important for the sport to pose a problem however have non-obligatory in-game help at hand if gamers acquired caught. To that finish, you’ll be able to flash interactable objects within the scene and in addition dip into Tove’s journal for additional clues as to what to do subsequent. Primarily, a narrative isn’t a narrative with out an ending and we wished our story to be one which gamers might take pleasure in proper by means of to its remaining climactic pages.
Huge monsters and an enormous coronary heart
The world of Röki has a large solid of creatures impressed by Scandinavian folklore, nevertheless it’s not about capturing or hacking the monsters you meet into tiny bits. As an alternative, it’s about discovering out what’s flawed with them, befriending them, and seeing in case you can clear up the problems they’ve. Typically even monsters want a serving to hand.
Now, this sounds beautiful however Röki can be fairly creepy. The eighties child’s movies we grew up with (movies like The Darkish Crystal, Return to Oz, and The Neverending Story) weren’t afraid to scare their diminutive viewers half to demise and we determined to observe their lead on not pulling any punches with Röki within the fright division. This additionally resonates properly with the sport’s fairytale roots, which of their authentic types had been fairly grisly.
We’re agency believers within the energy of video video games to inform wonderful tales. For our debut indie sport we wished to flex our storytelling muscle mass and ship a heartfelt and unforgettable narrative that resonates with gamers all over the world. This isn’t simply the story of folklore, jotun and the thriller of the wilderness, it’s additionally the very human story of a household turning into complete once more after life-shattering occasions. All through the sport, Tove will confront distorted recollections from her previous. The participant should navigate these residing goals, confront Tove’s fears, and finally clear up their riddles to reunite her household. With out saying an excessive amount of, the theme of household runs all through the sport, even amongst a few of its monstrous inhabitants.
Into the wild
Thanks for studying. We’re very joyful to announce that Röki will probably be arriving on PS5 on October 28. We’re excited to welcome new adventurers to wrap up heat, pull on their snow boots, and accompany Tove in a journey by means of a fantastical wilderness on this award-winning journey.