For such a visual medium, a surprising number of games have started using blindness as a central gameplay conceit in recent years. The latest such title to do so will make sighted people happy they can see, however, as indie Italian developer Lunar Great Wall Studios has pulled back the veil on its beautiful upcoming fantasy adventure Another Sight.
Set in London just prior to turn of the 20th century, the game stars two very different characters: "Kit, a refreshingly bold teenager, who loses her sight after the under-construction London Underground tunnel she was exploring collapses, and Hodge – a mysterious red-furred cat – she meets in darkness." Together the pair "team up for an adventure through the unexpected, with Hodge an essential companion upon whom Kit will come to rely."
Inspired by Neil Gaiman's book Neverwhere, this side-scrolling "voyage of exploration and discovery" touches on themes of "trust, companionship and losing what we take for granted." The journey sees the two characters navigate a "surreal fantasy world both together and apart, using each of their unique talents to tackle environments and solve intriguing puzzles." Beneath the familiar streets of London exists a "hidden society of the world’s greatest inventors and artistic minds such as Claude Monet, Jules Verne and other long-past cultural icons." Every new encounter impacts how Kit "visualizes" the world, morphing it to take on the "aesthetics of each creative movement" of those she meets, with a particularly heavy influence of Impressionism.
While there is no firm release date set for Another Sight, while waiting for its launch later this year on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, you can learn more about the game through the recent behind-the-scenes developer video that describes the game in greater detail.