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Jun 03, 2024

Deep narrative-rich slice-of-life simulator Closer the Distance gets story trailer and demo

From Press Release:

LOS ANGELES – June 3, 2024  Skybound Games, a division of Skybound Entertainment, the creator-led, multi-platform entertainment company behind mega-franchises The Walking Dead, Invincible, Impact Winter, and more, today unveiled a new story trailer for Closer the Distance from award-winning indie studio Osmotic Games (Orwell). This deep, narrative-rich slice-of-life simulator will debut a demo at Steam Next Fest on June 10.

In Closer the Distance, you will play as Angela, a young girl from the small, cozy village of Yesterby who passes away in a tragic accident. Left in limbo, Angela quickly discovers the ability to telepathically influence the loved ones she has left behind. Discover the stories at the heart of this shattered community and use your ethereal powers to unearth long-kept secrets, heal strained relationships, and help the living move on in an emotionally charged journey of love, grief, catharsis, and hope.

Each character that Angela can interact with is fully simulated and highly nuanced, with their own emotional states, wishes, memories, and intertwined relationships that develop over time with or without your guidance. Your choices will have a significant impact on the people of Yesterby and the outcome of their journey, making each playthrough unique and immersive. Will you be able to help Yesterby’s community heal and chart a better path forwards?

Closer the Distance is a truly unique slice-of-life sim, exploring some existential questions about the impact an individual’s life has on others,” said Ian Howe, Managing Partner, Skybound Entertainment. “The team at Osmotic has crafted a compellingly thoughtful narrative, providing players with the tools to interact with a carefully constructed world and truly influence its characters.”

“Our studio was formed to explore new ways to convey complex narratives in video games, so after the success of our debut title, Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You, we looked at how we could push the medium further,” said Daniel Marx, CEO and Game Director, Osmotic Games. “Closer the Distance is the result, and by merging life simulator mechanics with a thought-provoking, narrative-driven experience, we’re allowing our players to ponder and contend with challenging themes, layered with an undercurrent of hope, empathy and kindness.”

Closer the Distance is available to wishlist now on Steam. For more information, visit www.ClosertheDistance.com.