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Today, developer Provodnik Games has launched its interactive drama Dull Grey on PC.

Find Dull Grey on Steam

After a console launch earlier this year, this award-winning visual novel can now be enjoyed by a whole new audience of narrative game fans on Steam.

Inspired by the visual style of early 20th Century Soviet art and the narrative works of Russia’s finest storytellers, Dull Grey lets players experience the emotional story of a mother and son, the concept of free will, and the search for happiness in a bleak retro-futuristic world controlled by the robotic Progress program. 

Players will be making the same choice again and again – should the son become a lamplighter or a tallyman – through an unusual binary choice mechanic that leads to an unexpected multitude of endings and secret content to discover. Dull Grey is a dramatic visual novel like no other, designed to be experienced through multiple playthroughs.

Can players lead the son to happiness and see his story unfold in full colour?

“[Dull Grey] successfully delivers what every visual novel strives for—transcending words to pull the reader into its world and rewarding players who are curious and patient enough to see beneath its surface.” – Spencer Icasiano, But Why Tho Podcast

Dull Grey is an intriguing exercise in minimalism” – Cameron Daxon, Goomba Stomp

Roman Vlasov, co-founder of Provodnik Games said: “The release on consoles was an unexpected and exciting adventure. Now we feel that our game is coming to the store where it really belongs. We can’t wait for Steam players to get to know Dull Grey, and we hope that the game will resonate in their hearts.

Dull Grey will launch on PC via Steam on September 8th, priced £3.99, $4.99, €3.99, 175 руб.

About Dull Grey

In Dull Grey, experience the emotional story of a mother and son, free will, and the search for happiness among foggy mountains and grey pipes.

You will be making the same choice again and again: who should the son become – a lamplighter or a tallyman? It may feel like the situation leaves you no choice at all, but if you take your time and think it over, you may just see your story in full colour.

Immerse yourself in a dramatic, dystopian visual novel like no other, with a thoughtful choice mechanic which appears simple but contains a lot of depth. Discover multiple endings and secret content – Dull Grey is designed to be replayed for the full experience.

Key features:

  • Experience the drama of everyday life in the context of a retro-futuristic world controlled by the Progress-program
  • An unusual choice mechanic that leads to an unexpected multitude of endings and hidden content
  • A visual style tracing back to early 20th-century Soviet art
  • Themes and narratives inspired by the works of Russia’s finest storytellers – the worlds of the Strugatsky brothers, Dostoevsky’s novels and Tarkovsky’s movies
  • A short but meaningful experience, designed to be replayed

About Provodnik Games

Provodnik Games develop minimalistic games in the interactive fiction genre. They place content above form and consider the gameplay as subordinate to artistic goals.

Their studio was founded in 2017 during a casual talk on a sports ground. In 2019 after trying their hand at network competitions they released their first interactive novel Railways of Love on mobile. Their new project is an award-winning drama about growing up — Dull Grey. It is available on all major consoles since May 2021 and will be released on Steam, Google Play, and App Store later in 2021.

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