Forest of Liars: A narrative adventure game (Canceled)
Forest of Liars: A narrative adventure game (Canceled)
First indie game from an industry veteran team. Help us bring poetry to the world!
First indie game from an industry veteran team. Help us bring poetry to the world! Read more
Forest of Liars is an adventure video game produced by Umeshu Lovers Studio. The game takes place in the titular Forest of Liars, a vast, lush labyrinth where explorers unmask the mysteries of a realm where many have entered but none have ever returned.
There, you will encounter secretive strangers who can assist you on your quest to reach the forest’s heart. The core of the game lies in your interactions with your traveling companions as well as the many decisions you will need to make in a world as beautiful as it is dangerous.
Your choices will guide you either to the breathtaking marvels of the forest or to an untimely and brutal death if you ignore the dangers that surround you. Follow your instincts, but heed the advice of your followers when you face down a new challenge.
Meet, talk, observe, anticipate
Over the course of your travels, you will encounter numerous wayfarers who will offer their aid. But be wary of new friendships: certain fellow travelers may pose a danger to you and your followers through physical violence or through manipulation and lies.
You will need to sort out the truth from the lies in the advice given by your companions in order to decide how to react to the many obstacles that stand between you and survival.
The crux of the gameplay rests on the balance you find with your travel companions. A good hunter may easily find and bring back food, but may keep everyone up at night with his snoring. A talented herbalist may be hiding a pyromania obsession that comes out only when the campfire is lit at night.
But these character flaws can be used to your advantage. Once you have determined with certainty that someone in your company is a liar, you can avoid getting caught in a trap by always doing the opposite of what he or she suggests.
With more than 75 different character features and more than 15,000 possible combinations, you will experience new and unexpected encounters every time you play.
Journey to the heart of the forest
The passage to the center of the forest is long, and survival is your watchword. Exploring your surroundings allows you to find food and make surprising discoveries. Certain paths are more dangerous than others and can quickly leave you with a nasty injury.
If you find that your exchanges have been merciful and filled only with exploration and contemplation, nightfall will bring new dangers where the choices you made during the day may help you face the threats that come for you in the dark.
Be on the lookout for signals from the forest to help you prepare for the inevitable battles you will face. Encountering a hungry grizzly will require a different course of action than confronting a band of gold-thirsty brigands.
With more than 100 different lands, you will discover new landscapes every time you play.
Even at night, the forest never sleeps
The Forest of Liars is as magnificent as it is dangerous. It is inhabited by innumerable bandits, wild beasts, and strange creatures. When facing down an enemy, you can choose to fight or handle the incident another way, relying on help from your cohort. Diplomacy and subterfuge will often help you extricate yourself from tricky situations with limited collateral damage.
At the end of your journey, you will face one of the Forest's guardians who will try to confound you with riddles. Consult with your companions to find the right answers.…as long as you have built up enough trust with them.
You will need to contend with five guardians in order to finally learn the true secret of the Forest of Liars.
Forest of Liars reinvents itself with every play, offering different events, encounters, and settings to explore every time. Each new adventure is unique to you! Every game is a chance to discover new situations and develop your talents as an explorer alongside a band of remarkable companions.
Forest of Liars is a multilayered visual and auditory experience rich with sensory detail.
The Forest of Liars development team is composed of four artists and developers with exceptional and varied experience:
Sylvain Sarrailh is Umeshu Lovers’s artistic director. He has been an illustrator and concept artist for over 10 years, and has previously worked for several other studios including Rocksteady, Ubisoft, and DreamWorks. You can check out his work on his website.
Adapting the sounds of a journey for the original music score for Forest of Liars, we have CloZee, an artist of formidable experience. CloZee regularly tours around the world. You can find her work on her website and on SoundCloud.
Arnaud Mollé, cofounder of the studio, is a developer, game designer, and professor of applied arts in higher education.
Jean Bultingaire, formerly a visual effects artist for MPC (Maleficent, World War Z, Percy Jackon 2), is a professor of art in higher education.
The Umeshu Lovers team is located in Toulouse, in the south of France. Thanks to your support, our team will grow in the coming months so that we can complete the sound design and animation. We currently expect to finish production at the end of 2019.
The game will be available on PC/MAC at the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020. We also hope to be able to produce versions for Switch, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. A truly successful campaign will help us raise enough funds to make the game available on video game consoles!
Risks and challenges
Our team is made up of video game veterans. We founded Umeshu Lovers to promote an artistic and personal approach to what we love about video game development.
With its poetic and contemplative focus, Forest of Liars unfolds in a world that would be difficult to build under the marketing constraints of a larger, commercial studio.
By lending your financial support to Forest of Liars, you are sponsoring our artistic liberty and providing us with the means to release the game on a number of different mediums.
Umeshu Lovers is an independent studio. We are not offering any physical compensation because we are choosing to concentrate all our efforts on the production of Forest of Liars. Managing shipments of donor rewards would take up time and money. We prefer to keep our resources focused on improving the game you have chosen to finance.
With Forest of Liars we aspire to produce a video game that is simple to play yet offers a wealth of action and possibilities. We hope you will share your thoughts about our future game with us. All questions concerning both the game and the studio are welcome. We are delighted to respond in the comment section.
We want to adress a special thanks to:
Danielle Stonehirsch, Doris Carrascosa, Chloé Hall, Raphaëlle Colin, Apolline Bertos, Manon Rilhac, Sarah Portelli, Marlène Gray, Edouard Marpeau, Yannick Elahee, Johanna Capelle,Thomas Bidaux and Ambroise Lavest.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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