Developer LKA has released a new haunting behind-the-scenes video for its psychological horror game The Town of Light. In this video the developer explores the real life asylum, its surroundings and the emotional scars it left upon its inhabitants, and explains how it inspired the team to create the game.
Navigating the corridors, rooms and grounds of the Italian psychiatric asylum Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra today elicits a very different atmosphere to when it was still fully operational – right up until the late 1970s. Its walls have succumbed to nature and its roofs no longer protect from the elements, yet remnants of the pain once suffered on its grounds are still palpable in the air.
The Town of Light is a first-person, story-driven adventure game set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum. The asylum was shut down in the late 1970s due to an Italian law that instructed all asylums to close completely and give back patients their civil rights.
Played through the fictional eyes of Renée, a 16-year-old girl who suffers from the symptoms of mental illness, players must search for answers to the many questions from her past while exploring and uncovering the place where she spent most of her youth. What happens next is a dark and emotional journey where the lines of interactive entertainment, storytelling and reality frequently tend to blur.
The Town of Light is available for PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can check our review to find out more about the game.