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We’ve seen some super interesting games come out of the Whitethorn Games stable; games like Wytchwood, Lake and APICO. Next up is a new psychological thriller – The Forest Cathedral.

Due to arrive on Xbox Series X|S and PC later in 2022 (you’re looking at a Fall release), The Forest Cathedral will see you trying to survive in a world full of man-made environmental horrors. As a premise, it’s something that is pretty hot right now, with the likes of LumbearJack providing a completely different take on the environmental world.

The Forest Cathedral is a psychological thriller, one that has been developed by Brian Wilson, picked up by Whitethorn Games as they look to push it to PC and Xbox platforms. It’s a game that will let you experience the life story of a scientist – Rachel Carson – as she goes about discovering the effects of DDT, a harmful pesticide. It’ll all play out via a rather unique blend of 3D and 2D puzzle solving and exploration. The best thing about it though? The Forest Cathedral is a dramatic reimagining of the events leading up to the true story of the 1962 environmental science book, Silent Spring.

The Forest Cathedral will look to deliver a unique interpretation of the events surrounding real-life scientist Rachel Carson’s investigation of the harmful pesticide known as DDT. Being set in an expansive and vibrantly rendered forest on a remote island, in The Forest Cathedral you will take on the role of Rachel as she assumes the role of a field research biologist. While completing her weekly tasks she quickly realizes things aren’t as they seem.

Players will slowly uncover the horrific effects of the pesticide using advanced environmental technology to complete puzzles that weave together 3D exploration and 2D platforming. What secrets will Rachel discover on this island? Many will try to silence her, but somehow, the truth must come out.

“Games like The Forest Cathedral don’t come around too often,” said Dr. Matthew White, CEO of Whitethorn Games. “Its blend of 2D and 3D gameplay and the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it truly unique. We’re thrilled to be a part of it, and to have our own Brian Wilson developing the game makes it all the more exciting!”

“The story of Silent Spring is historically and scientifically significant,” said Brian Wilson, developer of The Forest Cathedral. “My hope is that sharing my interpretation of the events preceding it will bring more attention to the important work Rachel Carson did, while also offering a unique experience that will stick in people’s memories.”

The Forest Catherdral key features that you should focus your mind on include…

  • Hey, Little Man: Switch control between Rachel Carson in the 3D world and the Little Man inside the 2D world of her advanced environmental scanning tools in order to solve puzzles and platforming challenges
  • Nature in Peril: Explore a meticulously crafted forested island, dense with trees, animals, fish, and insects, all impacted by the dangerous effects of DDT
  • The Sound of the Silence: The game features a fully voiced narrative to invest players in the harrowing history of the attempted silencing of Rachel Carson, backed by an enchanting original soundtrack

We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop for everything concerning The Forest Cathedral. Expect it to release on Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam this coming Fall. For now, the teaser trailer should keep the interest high.

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