Following the successful debut on Xbox One during the Xbox Summer Fest
Demo Event, independent game studio Falling Squirrel has now
released a Steam demo of their groundbreaking audio-only
action-adventure game _The Vale: Shadow of the Crown. _I’d like to
invite you to give it a try and experience something truly unique and
Winner of the 2018 Ubisoft Indie Special Prize and the Reboot Develop
Red 2019 Special Selection Prize, _The Vale: Shadow of the Crown _trades
visuals for audio cues, creating a distinct take on action combat that
also breaks down barriers for low-vision and blind gamers. Challenging
battles, exciting quests, and Triple-A quality voice acting make for a
gaming experience, unlike anything you have ever played!
Anyone who wishes to try their hand — and ear — at _The Vale: Shadow
of the Crown,_ can do so starting today by visiting the game’s Steam
Developed in close consultation with the Canadian National Institute for
the Blind (CNIB), _The Vale: Shadow of the Crown_ utilizes the latest in
assistive technologies, including binaural audio and haptic controller
feedback, to create an immersive experience and a thrilling
action-adventure game. Falling Squirrel is committed to their mandate to
develop inclusive and accessible games — _The Vale: Shadow of the
Crown_’s development features sincere and deliberate representation by
employing visually impaired voice actors and developers.
In _The Vale: Shadow of the Crown_, players embark on the emotional
journey of the Second-to-the-Throne — blind from birth and recently
exiled to the edges of the kingdom upon the coronation of their elder
brother as King of the land. Through the ears of the hero, players must
embark on a treacherous journey as they explore the world around them,
fight off enemies in challenging, interactive combat, hunt for
resources, acquire gear and lose themselves in a rich narrative
supported by top-tier voice acting.
* Accessible Gaming For All: Haptic controller feedback, binaural audio
technology, and professional cinematic voice acting guides players
through real-time combat, exploration, and quests, and cut scenes,
making this a gaming experience that is accessible to visually impaired
and sighted players alike.
* Diverse Soundscape Environments: The bustle of busy villages,
the gentle rustling of leaves through the trees in the forests, the eerie
echoes of the unknown in dank caves — full 3-dimensional sound
surrounds players from all sides as they adventure in over 20 diverse
locations ripe for exploration.
* Immersive Medieval Combat: Players become engaged in the action in a
way that is entirely refreshing as a diverse set of enemies attack with
random and story-based encounters, boss battles, and more. Intuitive
battle clamor guides players towards enemies as they attack and defend
against their foes.
* Meaningful RPG Elements: Presented with a choice of combat styles,
players will guide their fully-voiced hero and build their potential as
they unlock branching magic paths, loot enemies, hunt animals for
valuable items, and visit shops to purchase weapons and armor — each
with unique sounds and stats.
* A Story for the Ages: With branching paths determined by player
choice, over 20 side quests, and more than 70 audio cutscenes, players
will uncover twists and surprises as they travel the land and speak with
the many unique and fully voiced characters they encounter.
_The Vale: Shadow of the Crown_ will be available for Windows PC via
Steam and Xbox One in Q1 2021. Players who wish to learn more
may visit the official webpage: https://www.fallingsquirrel.com/the-vale
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