“Comfortable lyrics ought to all the time be paired with a minor key, and vice versa!” – a visitor trainer at my music faculty as soon as proclaimed this with certainty, arguing that you simply wanted that contact of melancholy to make issues fascinating.
Now, writing a online game script won’t be the identical as writing successful track, however these phrases nonetheless come again to me every now and then, and positively popped up whereas I used to be engaged on Wavetale. As a result of whereas it won’t be a common reality, combining the lighthearted and the heavy can create one thing particular. Extra importantly, it helps us create one thing relatable.
I keep in mind when my shut buddy’s dad died. It was sudden and sudden, and he needed to wait till the subsequent day to take the prepare up north to the remainder of his household. I saved him firm for the evening and we spent the night altering between crying and remembering his dad, and laughing at overly intense knife infomercials on TV. People have all the time used humor to manage, and it felt pure for us to go down that route with Wavetale, too.
At its core, Wavetale offers with some weighty subjects: the lack of a daughter and mom, a grandma who buries her grief with work, and a sunken metropolis coping with the aftermath of battle. And amidst all that is Sigrid, a lonely teenage woman who has by no means identified every other life than this—till an previous enemy returns and adjustments every thing. However moderately than conserving a decent grip on the darkish features of Sigrid’s expertise, we frequently selected to place them on the sidelines in favor of Grandma making a pun about bananas or Sigrid remembering the time she saved an eel for a pet. Their fears and sorrows all the time exist within the periphery, however solely hardly ever does it take over solely.
There have been completely different causes to go down this path, one in every of them being gameplay. Wavetale is about motion. Quite a lot of the dialogue within the recreation takes place as you surf the waves of Strandville, and a sophisticated dialog about your half in a battle of the previous simply doesn’t come into its personal when the participant is fortunately flinging themselves into the air or making a daring dive under the water’s floor. We would have liked to search out methods to convey these emotions and tales with out them clashing with the participant’s actions.
However even exterior the extra technical causes, I additionally discover this methodology to be a useful software for making heavy subjects approachable. We actually needed to inform a narrative that felt hopeful. Wavetale was created largely throughout a raging pandemic, and perhaps our personal want for heat and optimism influenced the work we did. A disaster can drive folks aside, but in addition deliver us collectively in sudden methods, identical to when Sigrid realizes that… properly, I depart it to you to play the sport and see how issues pan out.
Discover the open sea and the decaying archipelago of Strandville in Wavetale, a story-driven action-adventure recreation introducing you to fed-up fishermen, secretive hermits—and perhaps a pirate or two. Traverse calm waters and surging waves as Sigrid, a younger woman who befriends a mysterious shadow that gives her with the ability to stroll on water.
Velocity by means of the waves, swing your self from housetops together with your internet, and defeat monstrous enemies to avoid wasting the residents of the islands. All with a bit assist from the shadows down under—and your cranky grandmother.