Pitched as “a new kind of card game where narration and experimentation blend with decksploration mechanics,” it tells the story of a world on the brink of collapse which has been doomed by a dark prophecy.
Playing as the avian small-time thief Volepain, you must assemble a party from a selection of anthropomorphic characters who range from the tiger archer Léo to the gorilla Karst, the elephant Isabeau and parrot Pattenbois.
Each character has unique skills and consumable cards with which you can forge your path “through a huge variety of scripted encounters and situations.” That will require you to choose whether to approach each scenario by using stealth, creating a ruse, making a trade or engaging in “good old-fashioned” fisticuffs.
“We’re all big fans of tabletop gaming, so we wanted to bring its open-ended nature to life in a video game, where we could combine it with the advantages of that medium – such as music and voice acting,” explains Alkemi founder Alain Puget. “It’s a totally unique beast, combining narration and experimentation merged with deck mechanics. We really think it’s something new and we hope that players will enjoy this new blend of narration and gameplay.”
Dear Villagers head of publishing Guillaume Jamet adds: “Foretales is among the most ambitious indies we’ve come across. The amount of narrative freedom it offers is unbelievable, and the slick production values and artistry layered on top of it makes it a truly special endeavour. It’s positively dripping with love, which makes it the perfect fit for Dear Villagers’ boutique lineup!”
Foretales will release digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in Summer 2022.