Tribeca Games Spotlight 2023 Gives an In-Depth Look at Inkle Studio’s A Highland Song

A Highland Song developers discuss the game's inspiration, narrative, visual, and music at the Tribeca Games Spotlight 2023.
A Highland Song
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Tribeca Games Spotlight 2023, a segment of the Summer Game Fest that showcases titles renowned for their artistic storytelling, recently went live. The event commenced with an in-depth presentation of A Highland Song, a 2D platforming narrative game developed by Inkle Studios.

First announced in February 2022, A Highland Song will soon be available for PC and Nintendo Switch. As part of the Tribeca Games Spotlight 2023, the developers of A Highland Song took the opportunity to offer deeper insights into the game’s sources of inspiration, stunning visuals, compelling narrative, and enticing musical composition.

A Highland Song is a captivating narrative adventure game set in the breathtaking Scottish highlands. Players will take on the role of Moira McKinnon, a courageous teenager embarking on a journey to the sea for the first time. To reach her destination, Moira must navigate through a dangerous wilderness filled with intricate paths, towering peaks, hidden shortcuts, and song.

Inkle Studios is no stranger to narrative-driven games, having built a reputation for producing remarkable titles in this genre. With A Highland Song, the studio ventures beyond its customary path of pure narrative and incorporates an array of intricate gameplay mechanics. Survival becomes a pivotal aspect of the game, with players needing to adapt to ever-changing weather conditions, their character’s hunger and energy levels, as well as hostile enemies that Moira may encounter on her journey.

Firm believers in the expressive power of hand-drawn 2D illustrations, Inkle Studios has chosen this visually captivating style to bring A Highland Song to life. From Moira’s character design to the meticulously crafted hand-painted backgrounds, the aesthetic choices capture the ethereal atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands, serving as a testament to the studio’s commitment to creating an immersive experience. Adding to the overall experience, the sensational music, composed by the talented bands TALISK and Fourth Moon, enriches the narrative with its mesmerizing melodies, featuring fast-paced and inventive rhythms that produce new tunes in traditional styles played with beauty and energy.

For eager fans awaiting the release of A Highland Song, the game is now available to wishlist on Steam, ensuring they will be promptly notified once it becomes available.

Shemiah Ruina

Shemiah Ruina

Shemiah is a gaming niche writer and an Electronics Engineering graduate at the Technological University of the Philippines. She plays a lot of RPGs and FPS games. She also enjoys watching movies and anime.

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