A Plague Tale: Innocence launch trailer paints a haunting, rat-infested picture.

Every once in a while a video game pops up that surprises you. Perhaps there hasn’t been much chatter leading up to its release, but once you see the game you know it’s something special. Asobo Studio’s A Plague Tale: Innocence for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC is such a game in my eyes. Arriving tomorrow (May 14th, 2019), the sombre design of the game immediately reminds me of great narrative games like Vampyr and Call of Cthulhu.

The setting of A Plague Tale: Innocence is unique, which sets it apart from other video games. It takes place during the Black Death breakout (a plague that devastated Europe in the 14th century) and follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they try to survive. The launch trailer for A Plague Tale shows numerous threats you’ll encounter on this harrowing journey, including the disease, fellow humans, and thousands of rats. See for yourself to get a better idea of the adventure that awaits:

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An impressive aspect of A Plague Tale: Innocence is the number of rats that appear on-screen during certain stretches of the game. There seem to be hundreds of, presumably, disease-infested creatures scurrying about, as seen in the trailer. This technical (and slightly disturbing) marvel sets a grim and dirty tone, bolstered by the dark world the trailer conveys.

I really like that A Plague Tale: Innocence is straying from conventional design and setting. This approach to dark narrative storytelling is compelling and has captured my attention. Hopefully, the ending of Amicia and Hugo’s journey is brighter than the launch trailer for A Plague Tale: Innocence, but I’ll have to play it to find out.

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For more information about A Plague Tale: Innocence, please visit www.aplaguetale.com.