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EXPLORE A POST-FLOOD WORLD IN SALTSEA CHRONICLES, THE NEW GAME FROM DIE GUTE FABRIK, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 12
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October 5, 2023
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Die Gute Fabrik | BETWEEN SHEFFIELD AND COPENHAGEN, OCTOBER 5, 2023 - Die Gute Fabrik is pleased to announce – as part of PlayStation’s Indie Day initiative – that their new story-driven adventure game Saltsea Chronicles will be available on PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC on October 12. In a brand new gameplay trailer, Creative Director Hannah Nicklin takes you through all the intricacies and intrigues of the post-flood world at the heart of Saltsea Chronicles.
Saltsea Chronicles takes around 10 hours to complete on a first playthrough. The team recommends replaying the game using the branching save system to explore some of the alternative island pathways & expedition character choices.
IGF-nominated sound artist and composer Eli Rainsberry (Wilmot’s Warehouse, If Found…) is also pleased to announce the release of the Saltsea Chronicles Official Game Soundtrack, available on Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music October 12th. Saltsea Chronicles’ score is an atmospheric blend of traditional instruments and synthetic arrangements that help tell the story of a crew voyaging to find their missing captain. To learn more about the soundtrack and listen to a preview of the OST, head here.
Next week, the team will also be publishing a climate impact report they have commissioned with Dr Benjamin Abraham, sustainability researcher and consultant of AfterClimate, thought to be the first of its kind identifying the climate impact of an indie game production.
About Saltsea Chronicles
Saltsea Chronicles is a new story-driven adventure game from the award-winning indie studio Die Gute Fabrik (Mutazione, Sportsfriends).
Captain Maja’s misfit crew must heist their impounded ship and mount a rescue of their missing crew member. Guide the crew across islands of a post-flood world known as ‘Saltsea’. Explore strange and wonderful communities, uncover a deep conspiracy, choose where to go and which crew members to investigate with, and chart a journey through a story told across an entire archipelago.
A Post-Flood World
Visit different island communities as you investigate the mystery at the heart of the game. Each built on pre-flood ruins – in beautiful and beguiling ways. As you explore you will uncover different pathways through a rich and varied series of islands. This flooded world (betrayed by the so-called Hoarders) barely remembers a time before the Flood. They rebuilt on the ruins of what came before, and new talents and technologies took the place of the old. Many surprises await!
Choose Your Priorities
In Saltsea Chronicles you guide the entire crew through the story. As well as investigating the mystery of your captain’s disappearance, you will uncover secrets, create and resolve tensions between the crew as well as adding to your number as you meet others who ask to join you.
Each episode you will pick which island to visit and who to send on the expedition – your choices will unlock different content, develop relationships, and give you a chance to resolve (and create) tensions within the crew.
With a lightning-fast navigation system, you’re free to hop around the islands as you explore. Choose between short and snappy observations, or dig deep into conversations with your crewmate or the locals; explore the islands across different times of day.
Uncover A Conspiracy
Was your captain kidnapped? Or did she leave of her own free will? Keep track of the mystery in Murl’s Log and collect records of your encounters as stickers in the Almanac. Different playthroughs will take you to different islands, meet different characters and have dramatic consequences for your crew. You can replay from any chapter and branch your save file to meet new crew members, explore different communities and trace alternative pathways through the rich and gripping story.
>From an award-winning and diverse writersroom – with experience in Young Adult fiction, film, theatre, poetry and games – Saltsea Chronicles imagines a rich world. The game shows communities built from scratch and free of some of the baggage of our world. And yet is still complicated by universal questions of what it means to live together in the context of one another. A story which traces meaningful themes with humour, lightness of touch, and care.
Distinctive print-inspired art style - A unique art style inspired by risograph print techniques brings a story-book aesthetic to the fantasy-tinged world of Saltsea Chronicles. Brought to life with beautiful bespoke animation.
Try your hand at Spoils - Spoils is a trick-taking card game from the world of Saltsea Chronicles. Play cards with each local community, but watch out – some islands have their own house rules!
An original score by Eli Rainsberry - IGF-nominated composer and sound artist Eli Rainsberry (No Longer Home, A Monster's Expedition) presents a musically hybrid score and soundscape guided by the spaces and characters of Saltsea Chronicles.
Navigate the drama as well as the seas - Tensions between crew members are represented by Issues, small ‘relationships quests’ you can track, resolve, or sometimes, just have to be left unsolved.
For special interview requests or any other requests, get in touch with [email protected]
For screenshots, key art, gifs and trailers, you can find the presskit here.
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About Die Gute Fabrik Die Gute Fabrik is an independent games studio based in Denmark and the UK. Founded in Copenhagen by Nils Deneken in 2008 to be a home for a wide constellation of collaborators, the studio is now led by Yorkshire-based Creative Director Hannah Nicklin, and is currently focussed on developing story-driven games.
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