Make no mistake about it, A Plague Tale: Innocence is a dark game. And is definitely suited to the Dark Ages setting in which it’s both taking place, and historically based. The developers dedication to historical accuracy is important, and it’s that focus which is the highlight of the second episode of the webseries being produced to chronicle development on the title.
Where the first episode placed the spotlight on the brother and sister dynamic, and the fight for safety and security, which is a crucial element of conflict within A Plague Tale: Innocence, this latest video shines a light on the world itself. Asobo Studio wants to make it very clear to the player the desperate circumstances they’re in.
A Plague Tale: Innocence takes place in 1300s during the infamous Black Plague. This era of history is a bit of mystery to many people. Tons of historical inaccuracies and misconceptions exist about the period, and unsurprisingly, most video games tend to shy away from graphic depictions of the squalor, death and despair the period was rife with. Asobo wants to change that, this is why the authenticity of the narrative is so important. Historical knowledge is important kids, even when it’s gross and uncomfortable.
To help accomplish this realistic feel, the developers are spending a considerable amount of time creating sophisticated models and lighting that make the game world feel real and alive. The art of the games characters and environments will aid in this endeavor by helping to give the player a more accurate depiction of period clothing, housing and daily life. The ultimate goal here is a period piece of an experience that aims to educate the player while telling them an emotional story, and it looks like the plan is proceeding nicely.
Asobo Studio and Focus Home Interactive are looking to create a rich, and at times depressing, narrative, but they can’t do it with historical accuracy alone. There needs to be a real and genuinely immersive story there. And the hope is that the journey of Amicia and Hugo as they flee the plague and other threats will give the game the sense of tension it truly needs to shine.
You can find the newest episode of the developer-produced webseries down below. A Plague: Tale Innocence will finally be releasing for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 14.