Win or lose, if you’re nominated for the International Games Festival, you must have something about you. And that’s exactly what has happened with Fantastico Studio’s Promesa. Having previously launched on PlayStation, and gearing up to drop onto Nintendo Switch, it’s the Xbox world that this surreal journey is currently focused on.
Available to purchase and download right now from the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, Promesa was born out of a conversation between a grandfather and his grandchild. It is that which will mean Promesa is able to harness memories as it goes about projecting a different kind of game to the norm – this is most certainly a personal project.
Promesa promises much, no more so than in the brief that is trying to sell it. “Like an inner flow of dreams and memories, the order of the scenes is different with each playthrough, creating an open narrative“. I mean, if you’re not sold on that, then we don’t know what will make you open the wallet and get involved.
But if you need further encouragement then expect Promesa to deliver a slow experience, one that comes complete with simple, yet explorative, gameplay. Taking you through a variety of memories, from the every day home, through to more surreal visions, imaginary places and more, this is sure to be one weird adventure.
- A slow and relaxing experience focused on contemplative exploration.
- Every playthrough (of approximately 45 minutes) is different and it takes more than one to see all the scenes.
- A distinct visual style that mixes pixel graphics with high-def light.
- Visit dreamlike environments inspired by Argentinian and Italian cities.
- A personal project born after a few conversations I had with my grandfather and made by a small team of 4 people.
- An acoustic soundtrack that uses many different instruments: from piano and double-bass, to zither and harmonium
Whatever it turns out to be though, Promesa should be a cracker to kickback and relax with, enjoying the low-res visuals and realistic lighting that is found within.
You’ll be able to pick up a download of Promesa on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S from the Xbox Store for £4.19. You’ll also find it on PlayStation whilst Fantastico Studio are promising Switch players can get hands on come June 25th.
Promesa is a personal project born from a family conversation, where you wander through dreams and memories emerging from a dialogue between a grandfather and his grandchild. While listening to someone trying to remember their experiences, past and present blend together, forming a stream of images that are both personal and shared. From memories of homes and streets to surreal visions of imaginary places, Promesa is a contemplative experience about what happens when we’re left dreaming of the things we haven’t lived firsthand.