Well, this is different.
Here is the official press release from Dutch developer Sassybot.
Breda, Netherlands – 25 April 2016 – Dutch indie developer Sassybot has announced its narrative video game Fragments of Him will be released on 3 May for PC. The Xbox One version will be following shortly after with the PlayStation 4 version coming later this year. The Dutch studio also revealed the official launch trailer of the interactive drama in which players experience a story of love, memories, and hope. Although the story concerns overcoming grief, the game aims to deliver an uplifting experience about the value of opening your heart to others.
Fragments of Him follows the aftermath of Will’s sudden death, and how the lives of those close to him are affected by this loss. In the story-driven experience, with a play-time of approximately 2.5 hours, players walk alongside Will in the final moments of his life as well as through the memories of people who loved him. The game features stories from the lives of Will’s boyfriend Harry, who returns to an empty apartment filled with reminders of Will; Sarah, his ex-girlfriend who later became a good friend to the couple; and Mary, his grandmother feeling alone and betrayed by a society she barely recognises. The player moves through the world in the first-person, but directs the story from outside of the protagonists, creating a unique ‘second-person’ feel to the experience.
“We have been on an amazing journey since we started development at a game jam more than three years ago, and it is wonderful that players will soon be able to experience our story”, said Elwin Verploegen, co-founder of Sassybot. “We are regularly overwhelmed by how our audience is moved by the game, and how they appreciate a title combining emotional honesty on a difficult topic with such an uplifting ending.”
Fragments of Him will launch on Steam (PC) for €19.99 / $19.99 / £ 14.99. The Xbox One version will be following shortly. Further assets, including new screenshots and the latest trailer, can be downloaded here.
ABOUT FRAGMENTS OF HIM
Fragments of Him is a narrative-driven video game that follows the aftermath of protagonist Will’s sudden death, and how those close to him cope with his loss. Players experience memories and snapshots of four lives, including victim Will, his boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, and grandmother. Fragments of Him will come to PC on 3 May. The Xbox One version via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program will be following shortly after and the PS4 version later this year. The game is supported by funding of the Dutch Stimuleringsfonds and Gamefonds.
Sassybot was formed in 2012 to build unique video game experiences. At the time, all of the current Sassybot members were studying Independent Game Development at the International Game Architecture & Design course in Breda, The Netherlands. Currently, Sassybot is working on their debut title Fragments of Him, which started as a game jam project and will come to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2016.
You can follow the game at http://fragmentsofhim.com/ for more info.