Indie developer Alkemi in partnership with Dear Villagers has revealed the first gameplay for their upcoming story-driven card game, Foretales, in a new video. Having premiered during Nintendo Life’s latest indie game showcase, this new look at the game showcases Foretales’ innovative approach to card games, where narration and experimentation blend with decksploration mechanics to create an entirely new way of storytelling.
Due to this Summer on PC and Switch, Foretales tells the story of a collapsing world doomed by a dark prophecy. Assuming the role of the avian small-time thief Volepain, you must assemble your party by choosing from a selection of anthropomorphic characters ranging from the tiger archer Léo to the gorilla Karst, to the elephant Isabeau, and parrot Pattenbois. Use each character’s unique skills along with consumable cards to forge your path through a huge variety of scripted encounters and situations. Choose whether to approach a scenario by using stealth, creating a ruse, making a trade, or engaging in good old-fashioned fisticuffs.
Play through the story multiple times to unlock all narrative branches, find multiple solutions to a single problem, and maybe discover a way to achieve what seemed impossible at first. Experiment with different card associations and write your own story with your own moral values.
Foretales’ tabletop-inspired mechanics are brought to life through a gorgeous illustrative art style that recalls the classic 2D animation of Disney’s golden era. The atmosphere is enhanced through a soundtrack by legendary composer Christophe Héral, of Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman Legends fame, while prolific character actor Travis Willingham (whose IMDB profile is so vast we wouldn’t even know where to begin) offers his esteemed vocal talents as the narrator.
“We’re very proud of how much sheer possibility we’ve been able to cram into Foretales, as the card-based mechanics allow for an unprecedented amount of player freedom,” said Alain Puget, founder of Alkemi. “Coupled with characterful art, brilliant voice acting, and a rousing soundtrack, Foretales creates a harrowing sense of adventure that we think players will really latch onto when it releases this Summer.”
Founded in 2011, Alkemi is a small team of craft people making their own games and other visual products. The studio focuses on medium-sized, polished games, with an emphasis on making unique titles that are unlike anything else out there. Its previous works include the horizontal-scrolling shmup / RPG hybrid Drifting Lands, as well as the twin-stick shooter / match-3 mashup Transcripted. Alkemi is now working on its most ambitious title yet with the upcoming narrative-based card game Foretales, due in 2022.
Dear Villagers is a publishing label of Plug In Digital. It’s a place where talented studios can unleash their creativity and focus on bringing unique single-player experiences to players on PC and console, experiences that will stay with them long after the credits roll. Dear Villager’s lineup includes the award-winning The Forgotten City, The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk, ScourgeBringer, and Edge Of Eternity.