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Bientôt l’été – Loneliness, desire and despair, coyness and cruelty

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More than 3 years after their previous title, Tale of Tales’s new videogame is now available for download. Much like its predecessors The Path and The Graveyard, Bientôt l’été is a game following the’ “notgames” philosophy that seeks to employ the medium of videogames for the creation of interactive art and entertainment not restricted by formal structures of rules, goals, challenges or competition.

Bientôt l’été is designed the way it is because we felt it was the best way to address the themes we wanted to explore. The work is inspired by the novels and films of French author Marguerite Duras. It deals with love and loneliness, desire and despair, coyness and cruelty. We feel videogames provide an excellent medium to address such intricate and ambiguous subject matter.

You take walks on a beautiful peaceful beach among some lively gulls. And you meet another player in a café to exchange amorous thoughts via a playful game of chess. Then you discover another layer to the reality you inhabit and it becomes clear that you are interacting with a simulation. Indeed, when you walk far enough, you will find the sky torn apart to offer a view of the stars and the planets of a solar system you seem to be in orbit of.

Enough words, Bientôt l’été is for you to experience yourself.

Bientôt l’été will available for download from conte-des-contes.com/bientotlete and is available for $10 (Regular addition). However, $40 will help support the authors, includes the regular version, special build with higher resolution textures and uncompressed sound (Coming soon) and the complete game sound track by Walter Hus.

conte-des-contes.com/bientotlete | Dev blog

Tale of Tales is a small independent studio run out of Belgium by Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn. More about Tale of Tales on CAN

Description of Bientôt l’été, attempt #6 from Tale of Tales on Vimeo.