like Charlie game studio released a public demo for their upcoming story and relationship exploration game Ghost on the Shore. The demo introduces a headstrong ghost Josh and a young woman Riley, who come face to face on a desolate island. The game´s atmosphere is a stunning mix of bright beaches and lush forests. Don´t let the soothing visuals fool you – the game´s story explores some dark and emotional topics – losing loved ones and the effects of one´s actions on future generations.
ABOUT THE GAME
Ghost on the Shore is a story and relationship exploration game about emotional ties that transcend even death.
The game´s story came to the team´s writer in her sleep. She dreamed she had died and could experience in great force her partner´s immense grief. Unable to reach out she could only be a witness to her partner eventually dealing with the loss and moving on. The dream left her feeling complicated emotions, that morphed into a seedling of a story.
You play as Riley, a young woman who finds herself stranded on a desolate island with a headstrong ghost, dead for as long as he can remember. Escaping her troubled past she welcomes the adventure and explores the crumbling homes of the gone islanders. As Josh and Riley get to know each other they form a special bond, the nature of which is determined by the player´s input. Making irrevocable choices in dialogue you uncover the dark secrets of the two and shape the eventual outcome of the game.
As Riley puts it all together, she comes to understand how an island’s history led to Josh’s death.
“̴F̴i̸r̴s̵t̴,̵ ̷w̷e̶ ̷c̶r̵e̷a̵t̷e̸ ̵c̶h̸a̷r̷a̸c̶t̶e̵r̷s̵ ̴o̴f̸ ̶f̴l̵e̶s̴h̴ ̸a̷n̴d̵ ̵b̸l̸o̵o̸d̶,̷ ̵w̶h̸o̷ ̵s̶t̴a̶r̷t̸ ̴h̸a̶v̴i̸n̷g̵ ̸a̶ ̵l̴i̷f̸e̵ ̶o̷f̷ ̸t̵h̶e̶i̴r̵ ̴o̵w̵n̵.̴ ̶T̸h̴r̵o̸u̷g̴h̴ ̵t̷h̵e̸m̴,̵ ̷w̶e̶ ̴g̵e̷t̷ ̴t̴o̸ ̵t̷e̶l̶l̵ ̷o̸u̴r̵ ̴s̸t̷o̶r̸y̷,̵ ̸a̷ ̶s̴t̵o̴r̸y̵ ̶t̵h̷a̸t̵ ̷l̵e̸a̴v̵e̵s̷ ̷y̷o̷u̷ ̷f̴e̶e̶l̴i̵n̴g̶ ̷l̵i̴k̷e̵ ̵y̴o̷u̴´̴v̸e̵ ̴b̵e̵e̶n̶ ̵s̷o̶m̷e̷w̷h̷e̴r̶e̷ ̸a̶n̵d̴ ̷k̵n̴o̵w̴n̶ ̸s̴o̶m̵e̷o̶n̷e̸.̸”̷ ̷-̵ ̵D̷a̸g̴m̵a̷r̵ ̴B̷l̶o̴m̷m̶a̵e̶r̶t̶,̴ ̸N̶a̴r̶r̶a̶t̷i̴v̶e̷ ̵D̶e̸s̵i̸g̴n̶e̵r̷
- Relationship exploration.
- Environmental storytelling.
- Emotional choices with consequences.
- Branching narrative with multiple endings.
Relationship exploration is a unique feature that allows the player to make choices in a subtle immersive way. Often all one has, is the power of words. And it is your choice to reach out or to alienate. Like in real life, you don’t always know how your words will affect others or what future they hold.