Independent games publisher and developer Wired Productions announced the start of a year-long campaign to help raise awareness and bring ongoing attention to the importance of mental health issues. This awareness is being undertaken in partnership with TakeThis, Inc, a non-profit charity that seeks to inform communities about mental health issues to provide education about various mental health disorders and to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness.
Over the course of the next year, Wired Productions will embark on a series of activities, including an upcoming week-long bike ride, to help fund vital services offered by TakeThis, starting with an initiative that gifts a percentage from the sales of The Town of Light. The full details of activities will be announced in the coming weeks.
Although issues concerning mental health are beginning to be talked about more openly, the job of raising public awareness is far from complete. Our aim over the next year is to bring much needed funding to partners such as TakeThis, as well as other charities operating at local, national and international levels. The gaming community is such a caring collective, and we welcome its assistance in helping us bring these much needed support services to those that need it most.
To help this campaign, a demo of The Town of Light is now available on PS4 and Xbox One. In the demo, players will be able to briefly delve into the inner workings of Renée’s mind as she revisits the real-life location of Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra – a genuine asylum in Italy that closed in the 1970s due to a law that instructed all asylums to close completely and give back patients their civil rights.
Mental health is a current issue that should be raised to understand further, and we’re pleased to do our part by offering a teaser of The Town of Light to raise awareness of the struggles of real people. We hope gamers take the opportunity to get their hands on the demo, and then eagerly look to finish the journey that they started, in the full game.
The Town of Light is available for PS4, Xbox One and PC for $19.99/€19.99/£15.99.