Fans of psychological horror games based on true events that happened decades ago in an Italian psychiatric asylum rejoice: The Town of Light is for you.
Following a PC launch last year, Italian developer LKA.it has announced that the cheery sounding title is coming to PlayStation 4.
In a PlayStation Blog post, Town of Light art director and screenwriter Luca Dalco confirmed that the game is coming to Sony’s console, but couldn’t share a specific release date.
As I mentioned earlier, The Town of Light is inspired by true events that took place in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum in Tuscany, Italy – a very real location that was around for nearly a century before being shut down in the 1970’s, because its practices were allegedly ‘too cruel’.
Through extensive research we hope to give our players a glimpse into the treatment of those suffering with mental illness throughout the mid-part of the 20th century.
Check out the moody PlayStation reveal trailer below:
Should you choose to pick up and play this adventure, you’ll take control of Renee, a former resident of the institution. It’ll be your job to explore the now-ruined facility and piece together Renee’s troubled past.
Dalco explained that it really isn’t a game for kids:
The game has some difficult moments making it unsuitable for children, but moments which we felt were important to include, doing justice to those who suffered at the hands of a system which was clearly overwhelmed and itself didn’t know all of the answers. Today, things are of course very different as great advances in the care for those with mental illness have been made around the world.
The Town of Light’s PS4 version will include some ‘enhanced features’, such as improved visual effects and new gameplay elements in an effort to further immerse the player.
The asylum was finally closed in 1978 in part because of various reports of electroshock therapy being used on residents, as well as allegations that patients were tied to their beds in straightjackets.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.