The Town of Light Illuminated By Stunning Photographic Exploration In Partnership With Leading London University
In partnership with developer LKA.it, leading independent games publisher Wired Productions is thrilled to confirm today that it has teamed up with London South Bank University to unveil a new website which explores, through a series of stunning imagery and video footage, the real location that inspired The Town of Light video game.
Wired Productions flew filmmaker, writer, and student at London South Bank University, Alexandra Furssedonn Howard to Volterra, Italy to document the now defunct ‘Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra’ complex and surrounding area for a three-day shoot. Inspired by the peeling paint, abandoned furniture, and ominous mannequins, Alexandra looked to her love of gothic horror and the psychological when creating the Volterra art film and accompanying photographic galleries.
Set within the sleepy Tuscan village of Volterra against picture-perfect, rolling countryside, the ramshackle remains of the asylum have been expertly captured through a series of breathtaking photographs and videos – all available to view on this specially created website, link below:
The website, produced in association with the game, has been specifically created as a companion guide for urban explorers and fans of the game alike. Allowing visitors uncompromising access to many of the asylum’s most inaccessible nooks and crannies including the Charcot pavilion, in which The Town of Light finds its setting. This digital exhibit provides a thrilling, often jaw-dropping accompaniment to the player’s in-game experiences.
Leo Zullo, Wired Productions, said: “It’s incredibly important to develop the next wave of young talent and give opportunity to creative minds. This is something very close to us and we’re delighted to support.”
Ricardo Domizio, Film Studies Course Director at London South Bank University, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for Alexandra to build on what she is learning at LSBU in terms of theory and practice. Her knowledge of film, combined with her practical expertise is exactly what adds value in working for a company like Wired Productions. Getting out into the field is something that is highly encouraged at LSBU and no doubt this will be a great launch pad for greater things for Alexandra. We are very proud of her achievement.”
In the Town of Light, players explore the Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra through the fictional eyes of Renée, a 16-year-old girl suffering from the symptoms of mental illness, players must search for answers to the many questions of her past while exploring and uncovering the place where she spent most of her youth. What happens next is a dark and emotional journey where the lines of interactive entertainment, storytelling and reality frequently tend to blur.
Developed by LKA.it and co-published with Wired Productions, The Town of Light is headed to PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in physical and digital formats on June 6, 2017 for SRP £15.99/€19.99/$19.99. Existing owners of the digital Windows PC version will receive an update and acquire this enhanced release free of charge. The Town of Light has been rated PEGI 18.
LKA.it is an independent game development studio based in Florence, Italy. LKA.it was founded in 2014 by the veteran artist Luca Dalcò, with a clear objective, to create strong story driven gaming experiences. The Town of Light was first launched on PC in early 2016 and was critically acclaimed and loved by a dedicated community of gamers, and fills the gap between gaming and reality, creating a compelling narrative experience based on real facts and events.
For more information visit www.lka.it.
About London South Bank University
London South Bank University is one of London’s largest and oldest universities. Since 1892, we have been providing vocationally-relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education which transforms lives, businesses and communities. London South Bank University, 90 London Road, London SE1 6LN http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/
About Wired Productions Ltd
Wired Productions is an established independent computer games publisher based in Watford, Hertfordshire, UK. Founded in 2008, Wired have produced over 40 titles for many global publishers and are part of the team responsible for the 1.5 million unit selling We Sing franchise. In 2013, Wired moved into console publishing on all major platforms. Notable launches to date include Let’s Fish! Hooked On, Tiny Troopers Joint Ops, Last Inua and Super Dungeon Bros. Victor Vran and The Town of Light are the latest titles to be signed for 2017.
Wired Productions are also a founding member of We Sing Productions, which is a collaboration between THQ Nordic, Wired Productions and Le Cortex, with the sole mission to establish a new range of We Sing products for all formats.
About THQ Nordic
Founded in 2011, THQ Nordic is a global video game publisher and developer. Based in Vienna, Austria and Karlstad, Sweden with subsidiaries in Germany and the USA, THQ Nordic brands include Darksiders, MX vs. ATV, Red Faction, Titan Quest and many more. THQ Nordic is meant to represent a core approach of doing much more than “owning” a highly competitive portfolio of IPs. It revolves around cherishing them, and aligning them with the very best development resources to expand upon them with the level of experience that communities and established fan bases expect and deserve. The company’s internal development studios are Grimlore Games based in Munich, Germany and Rainbow Studios based in Phoenix, Arizona.
For more information visit: http://www.thqnordic.com