A Plague Tale: Innocence beckons players into a desperate world of terror, darkness, and rats… So… Many… Rats…
What is A Plague Tale: Innocence?
Set in 14th century France during the Hundred Years’ War, A Plague Tale: Innocence is an action-adventure/stealth game from French developer, Asobo Studio.
The title tells the story of siblings Amicia and Hugo as they struggle to survive in a brutal, ruined world. As the lands around them fall into the nightmare of the Black Death, Amicia and Hugo must not only contend with swarms of murderous plague rats, but also the soldiers that roam the war-ravaged countryside. The pair must work together to discover their true purpose and lay bare the darkest of secrets.
A Plague Tale: Innocence offers a blend of adventure; stealth; and a rich, compelling narrative.
Asobo Studio is best known as the go-to studio for Pixar movie tie-ins. Having previously worked on titles such as Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, Up, and WALL-E, Asobo Studio is taking something of a departure from its usual fare with A Plague Tale: Innocence. However, if last year’s E3 trailer can be trusted, A Plague Tale: Innocence is shaping up to be very promising indeed.
Why we are excited?
A Plague Tale: Innocence simply oozes atmosphere. In the trailer embedded above, Amicia and Hugo find themselves at the edge of a huge battlefield, littered with the remains of soldiers. The location is eerie and haunting, made even more tense by the evocative score. This place is one of death and misery, yet the children start to make their way across the field. Along the way, they encounter the corpse of a horse that seems to still be moving, at which point the first swarm of rats erupts from the beast’s bloated belly.
In the sixteen-minute long play-through, a number of interesting mechanics are introduced. Amicia and Hugo can use fire to ward off the rats, clearing safe paths or even herding the rats along. Amicia can use her slingshot to attack the roaming soldiers, either directly or by shooting out their lanterns and bringing the murderous swarms of rats down on the hapless target.
Players will also need to use the darkness, vegetation, and environment to sneak around certain areas, all while utilising a wait/follow mechanic between Amicia and Hugo.
A Plague Tale: Innocence looks gorgeous and aims to offer a dark, foreboding experience full of puzzles, mystery, horror, and the creepiest rendition of Ring a Ring o’ Roses ever.
When can we play it?
While without a confirmed launch date as yet, A Plague Tale: Innocence is slated for a 2019 release. The game will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Anyone desperate for more information can check out the official website, and remember to check back with OnlySP for more news and updates. One thing to remember is that Asobo Studio is, as yet, an untested entity in the realm of AAA titles, and whether it can deliver on its amazing promises remains to be seen. We are hoping it can.
Are you as anxious to explore this unique experience as we are or does the developer’s lack of experience in such ambitious titles have you worried? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to come back tomorrow for our last spotlight, which will take a look at a recently announced game that has attracted a huge amount of attention.