Edvard Munch-inspired exploration game Sunlight launches January 14

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If you like short, experimental, artistic games, you’ll want to pay attention to Sunlight, the latest game from Krillbite Studio (Among the Sleep, Mosaic, The Plan). Coming to Steam on January 14, it sees you exploring a hand-painted forest and listening to a story unfold through the whispers of the trees.

Sunlight is an indirect sequel to The Plan, and draws inspiration from the expressionist art movement—in particular, Edvard Munch (of “The Scream” fame). Across a 30- to 40-minute running time, players will discover story about nature and humanity against the backdrop of a “stunning and atmospheric forest” designed to look like a 3D painting and choral arrangements of Tchaikovsky sung by the award winning choir Kammerkoret Aurum.

From the game’s Steam store page:

Sunlight is a short, vibrant and thought captivating exploration game, from the creators of Among the SleepMosaic and The Plan. Journey into the uncharted forest, guided by the harmonised whispers of the trees. Each tree with different voices, genders and dialects, speaking as one.

Taking artistic inspiration from expressionist painters like Edvard Munch and focusing on a powerful 3D audio experience with breath-taking choir work, Sunlight will leave you feeling entranced and in wonder in this artistic approach of telling you a story.

Playtime: 30 minutes.

The visuals, that were hand painted using Quill, makes the experience feel like exploring a three dimensional painting.

The hauntingly beautiful music, composed by Tchaikovsky, was recorded in the Archbishops palace in Trondheim, Norway, and sung by the award winning choir Kammerkoret Aurum. Along with a wide range of voice actors spanning multiple continents, the atmospheric and meditative story comes alive.

“We’ve been quietly working away on Sunlight as a pet project for a little while,” said Adrian Tingstad Husby, Game Designer at Krillbite Studio. “We wanted to make a short and succinct game, that players would not have to fear ploughing many hours into, and we feel that Sunlight will provide that perfect bite-sized experience for those looking for something a bit different.”

Sunlight will be available from January 14 at a cost of £3.99 / USD $3.99 / €3.99. The Plan, the game Sunlight indirectly follows on from, is available for free on Steam.

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