Indie Thriller The Town of Light Coming to Xbox

By Mark Delaney, 1 year ago
The creepy asylum setting is a cliche used in all forms of media far too often, but one indie games studio is trying something new with the location. Rather than set their psychological thriller The Town of Light in an asylum to bombard players with monsters, supernatural entities, or other such horrors, the team at have taken a well researched and mature approach to examining mental illness and how it was treated (and mistreated) decades ago.

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The game has been chosen as an ID@Xbox title and will see a digital release sometime in 2016 on Xbox One after originally seeking a PC launch exclusively. Narrative-heavy with a focus on exploration, the game takes place in a real life Italian asylum that was closed in the 1970's. Players take the role of Renée, as she explores the asylum she once resided in as a teen during the 1940's to discover the secrets of her own dark and troubled past.

We decided to treat the topic of mental illness in the most sensitive way possible, without hiding which kind of therapies used to be applied to patients when the science was young and hospitals were heavily understaffed. There are good and bad characters you will encounter, as well as good and bad memories you will face.

You can read an extensive fictional diary of Renée's on the game's website. The Town of Light hits Steam in ten days, but Xbox One gamers will have to wait til later in the year to venture into the asylum.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.