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Get stuck into 12th Century Persian poetry with The Tale of Bistun on Xbox and PC

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For those not familiar with millennium-old Persian poetry, the romantic tragedy “Khosrow and Shirin” should really be your next read, carving out a classic Romeo and Juliet narrative with a bit of magic thrown in for good measure. And then you can move on to Black Cube Games’ latest release – The Tale of Bistun – as they take this story and apply it to a beautifully created action-adventure title.

Releasing today on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC platforms, The Tale of Bistun places you in the shoes of a lowly stone carver on an adventure of a lifetime: he must scale the formidable Mount Bistun, famous for hosting the Revelations Realm, which is key to uncovering the mysteries our hero seeks to uncover.

Along the way, however, you can expect to be dishing out magic-based aggression towards a number of mythical foes that lie in your way, where this translates gameplay-wise to incredibly fast, action-packed combat, as you slice and dice using both melee and magic.

Your adventure across perilous caverns, eerie forests and dingy caves will be narrated by the well-known voice actor Marc Thompson, of TMNT and Pokemon fame, so you can bet your bottom dollar that the story will be equal parts heart-wrenching as it is exhilarating.

“Today is an incredibly exciting day for the whole team behind The Tale of Bistun,” said Amin Shahidi, Black Cube Games team lead, animator, and game designer. “Thanks to the support of IMGN.PRO, we’ve reached the finish line and can finally share this story with people around the world. We’re also incredibly honored to have such a talented cast — including Shohreh Aghdashloo and Marc Thompson — help us bring the world of The Tale of Bistun to life. We hope you all have a great time!”

Full features of the game include:

  • A Re-telling of a Persian Legend: Based on an epic romantic poem from the 12th century, “Khosrow and Shirin”, The Tale of Bistun is a tale of love, loss, and adventure though a land where magic and bravery collide
  • A Stunning Land of Myth and Magic: Ascend the deadly slopes of Mount Bistun and battle through a gorgeous world that brings the ancient lands of Mesopotamia to life
  • Hack, Slash, and Blast: Battle hordes of dangerous foes using fast-paced tactical melee combat and ferocious magical abilities
  • Carve Out Your Own Tale: King Darius, eat your heart out! Create your own Behistun Inscription and etch out beautiful engravings to tell the world your story.

If you fancy picking up a copy of The Tale of Bistun for yourself, then head over to the Xbox Store as your first port of call: you can make a purchase for £13.49. Alternatively, this title is available on PC through a number of store-fronts.

Game Description:

The Tale of Bistun is a story-driven action-adventure game inspired by the famous Persian tragic romance “Khosrow and Shirin”. A stone carver with no memory of who he must traverse blighted lands to discover his identity and the source of a pleading, strangely familiar whisper.

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