Broken Pieces, the survival thriller game set in a French village stuck outside of time, seeks out the paranormal on PC via Steam and Epic Game Store today. From developer Elseware Experience and publisher Freedom Games with additional versions coming to Playstation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Halloween, Oct. 31, 2022.
About Broken Pieces
Walk along the cobblestone streets of the quaint, empty village of Saint-Exil as Elise tries to find her missing fiance, Pierre, amongst supernatural threats. Solve puzzles inspired by the real life mysteries of Brittany, France and collect clues to uncover the truth behind an eclectic cult to escape a town stuck outside of time. Survive antagonistic shadow monsters, upgrade weapons, and take control of Elise’s own unexplainable abilities.
Control elements of the town like the weather or fixed camera angles to progress through roadblocks and uncover hidden bits of information in the form of cassette tapes. Gather important facts and evidence to understand the goals of the cult and what caused the town to become a prison for Elise. Extra cassette collectibles can also provide essential benefits for survival, but not in the way one might expect.
Elise’s story takes place within a total hush, no background music to lighten up the mood. To fill the silence, the original licensed soundtrack can only be played from discoverable tapes that Pierre left behind. Paired with full handheld camera-work, every aspect of the game’s design evokes a feeling of solidarity and loneliness that can only be filled with the broken pieces of many parts across the music, visuals, dialogue, and gameplay.
“The mystery of Broken Pieces is out now and calls you all to solve it. The sense of isolation was our biggest focus and we have explored that in a number of ways one only can in video games. There is little to no background music, no NPCs to keep you company, just a portable camera that feels like it’s stalking you through the town. I think everyone can relate to that emotion and being able to convey what Elise is also feeling is something we hope people can really empathize with.”Mael Vignaux, Project Lead of Elseware Experience
- Explore the area of Saint-Exil and its surroundings in the 1990s.
- Enjoy a completely revised version of the camera system that accompanied legendary game franchises of the 90s, aimed at providing greater flexibility and player agency.
- Switch between 2 camera angles in any situation or drop into a first-person view to have a closer look around.
- Interact with the environment to learn more about what has happened to you in Saint-Exil.
- Your investigation will be rhythmically punctuated by cinematic sequences, with motion entirely captured from handheld cameras.
- Enjoy a thriller atmosphere in your adventure to the fullest extent.
Broken Pieces survival thriller game is available on PC via Steam and Epic Game Store for $24.99. Enjoy a 20% launch discount until September 16th, 2022 ($19.99 after discount). The game includes English and French languages as well as full controller support. The console version will arrive on Monday, October 31, 2022. To learn more, visit Broken Pieces’ official site, join the community on Twitter and Discord, and search #BrokenPieces on social media.