Developer Tale of Tales has announced that first person exploration game, Sunset, is now available on Steam.
Sunset is in part inspired by violent action games set in a war-like context, like many first person shooters. We always wondered what life would be like for the NPCs in such games. How does it feel to be one of the many victims of war, instead of the hero. How does it feel when war is the backdrop for your day-to-day life?
Sunset is divided into 44 play sessions that each take a fictional hour: until the sun sets. Each time you get a list of housekeeping tasks that you are requested to do. But there is more work in the apartment than mentioned on the task list. And there are other activities, such as going through the owner’s possessions in search of information, and interacting with his 1970s-era technological gadgets (to listen to some music by Austin Wintory, for instance).
Your avatar, Angela Burnes, is not an empty vessel. She has a personality of her own and you discover her thoughts while playing.
Angela Burnes is an African American citizen. At the end of the sixties, when she is in her mid twenties, she is inspired by the Black Power and civil rights movements. In an effort to learn more about egality, she travels to the then socialist republic of Anchuria. During her visit, a US-backed military coup happens and she is disallowed from leaving the country. Her university degree is not recognized by the new regime and she is forced to work as a housekeeper to sustain herself.
Angela’s younger brother, David, who had followed her to Anchuria ends up joining an underground resistance movement.
Gabriel Ortega is a lover of the arts. Through his work as a curator he met Maria Luisa of the wealthy Veleta family. They fell in love and married. Thanks to the money from this marriage, Gabriel became a much celebrated benefactor of the arts. When the coup happened, theaters and museums were closed. The new government offered affluent citizens positions of power. Gabriel’s wife, and most of her family and their friends, were happy to accept but Gabriel refused. Rising tensions between the couple ultimately lead to a separation.
The story of Sunset begins when Gabriel Ortega moves into a new penthouse apartment in the capital city of San Bavón. It is in this apartment that Angela Burnes finds employment.
- familiar first person controls (WASD + mouselook)
- immersive atmosphere
- intimate experience
- suspenseful three-act structure
- story-driven gameplay (interact to explore the fiction, without puzzles or combat)
- distinct tasks (plus many optional activities)
- responsive environment (light switches, record players, electronic gadgets, etc)
- no fail state – this isn’t a game you can win or lose, only influence
- anywhere from 90 minutes to 22 hours of gameplay, depending on your approach
- soundtrack by the award-winning Austin Wintory (Journey, The Banner Saga, Monaco)
- retro early 1970s style
- explosions (outside)
Here is the Sunset launch trailer:
You can now download Sunset on Steam for $17.99 and save 10%.
Source: Official Website