The director of the upcoming title A Plague Tale: Innocence has revealed some new information about the game’s length and story.
In an interview with Well Played, the game’s director Kevin Choteau revealed that the game’s campaign will take around 12 to 15 hours to complete.
When asked about whether or not the developer considered a co-operative multiplayer mode for the game, Choteau stated that it had not been discussed. “It’s all about this precious relationship; one of our goals is to make you care about Hugo, to like him.” He felt that allowing players to control Hugo, the companion of protagonist Amicia, would lose some of the narrative relevance, “since it will be your friend playing among your side and not this naïve little boy anymore.”
Discussing the popularisation of multiplayer games within the industry, Choteau added, “It was a huge risk when we’ve started this project, really out of the current state of the market. We play a lot of multiplayer games, but there’s some sort of commitment when you start a new one.”
Choteau noted that the 40-person team wanted to “stay focused and consistent” with the narrative, hence the game’s linear design as opposed to open-world. He cited Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons as the game’s main influence, particularly in regards to the mix of puzzle and action gameplay, in addition to the games by Naughty Dog.
In regards to the game’s historical influence, Choteau mentioned the team wanted to tell a story with a moral, akin to folktales of old which often use the 14th century. “This period is the crossroad of lots of major events in the medieval history—the Hundred Years’ War between the Plantagenets and Valois, the inquisition ruling the daily life, and the arrival of the Black Death … It was the opportunity for us to expose innocent children to one of the most extreme situations humanity had to face.”
A Plague Tale: Innocence will be released on May 14 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game was recently named one of OnlySP’s three single-player games to look out for in May.