Indie developer Swordtales working on dark fantasy epic Toren

 

Earlier this week, indie games publisher Versus Evil announced they were picking up Brazilian development team Swordtales to bring their game, Toren, to Windows, Mac, and PlayStation4 users early next year.  The game has already been successfully recognized at a number of games festivals, including being awarded Best PC Game at the 2011 E-Games Awards.

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Toren is an immersive puzzle/adventure game in which the player guides a lonely girl called Moonchild on a dangerous journey to discover the mysteries of the tower known as Toren.  The game’s story is built around an epic poem, and touches on existential questions and deep concepts in an attempt to let the players take an introspective look as they journey through the game.  Also, the game has a dragon, and who doesn’t love dragons?  Swordtales formed in 2011 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and Toren is one of the first games supported by the Brazilian Cultural Incentive Law.  On working with Versus Evil to launch the game, Swordtales producer Vitor Severo Leães states “Toren is the biggest project of our lives and we have been independently developing it for three years.  A big concern for us was finding a publishing partner for the game, one that understood how we operated and had the experience to help us launch the game successfully. We found the ideal partner in Versus Evil and are looking forward to working closely with them.”

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Versus Evil is an indie-focused game publisher interested in working with developers for all platforms.  They have helped successfully bring to light games from a number studios, including Stoic’s The Banner Saga, which we previously reported on.  “Toren is a great example of the type of game we look to partner with,” said Steve Escalante, general manager of Versus Evil. “It’s a unique, exciting, and beautiful game with a story that truly captivates the player. The Swordtales team has done a great job in developing this magical world and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them. We look forward to sharing more information in the months to come and to finally releasing Toren to gamers across the globe.”

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Look for Toren to be released in early 2015, and check out the game’s trailer from the Independent Games Festival last year below.  For more information on Toren, check out the game’s website here.

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