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Mistaken Visions’s Noir Horror, The Piano, Receives New Teaser and Partnership

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Indie developer Mistaken Visions has teamed up with Game If You Are to launch a new horror project titled The Piano.

The game follows the trials and torment of John Barnerway as he is endlessly hunted by the media following the murder of three renowned pianists—his older siblings George, Louis, and Valentine.

The Piano was originally announced back in 2016 for an early 2017 release with a teaser outlining much of what audiences can expect from the game in terms of visuals and puzzle solving. A second trailer was later unveiled featuring a similar sombre, yet beautiful, piano-based backing track as dialogue hints towards the game’s plot.  

After receiving feedback from early testers, the game’s creator Jonathan Stemmildt decided to delay the game until this year. The new release window was unveiled at the end of The Piano’s latest teaser trailer following the partnership with Game If You Are.

Not only has the title had a graphical improvement, but the added support from Game If You Are has allowed for the hiring of voice actors. The director of Game If You Are, Lewis Denby had the following to say about the now joint project: “I first discovered The Piano 18 months ago. When Jonathan sent me an early demo. I found a game that, while rough around the edges, had an atmosphere and personality unlike anything I’d ever played before—and since then, Jonathan and I have kept collaborating on occasion, slowly nudging it towards completion.”

The Piano will be released on PC in Spring 2018.

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Sci-Fi Adventure Tether Back in Development, Demo Released

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Freesphere Entertainment has announced that Tether is back in active development, almost a year after it was put on hold.

Alongside the announcement, the team has finally released the prototype version of the previous incarnation of the project for free on itch.io. According to the announcement, the decision to release the demo came because “it seemed silly to have years of hard work sat there for people who worked on it to not get any recognition.”

The post also suggests that Freesphere has gone back to the drawing board for the project, saying that it is seeking to reduce the scope of the story and hinting at a “new direction.”

The demo is a long time coming, as creative director Mark Gregory first told OnlySP late last year that it would be made available as part of a larger interview discussing some of the problems and struggles faced by the team members, which included underfunding, a lack of publisher interest, and personal burnout.

For anyone unfamiliar with Tether, the sci-fi adventure promises to tell the story of a mother trapped aboard a space station while on a mission to prevent environmental collapse. While the premise raises echoes of the ‘walking simulator’ format, the game was quite ambitious, featuring time manipulation mechanics, a reactive AI enemy similar to Alien: Isolation‘s xenomorph, and immersive sim elements. How much of that will be retained in the new version remains to be seen.

OnlySP’s Amy Davidson has already pledged to trial the demo as a future entry in the Friday Freebies Club, which this week will examine \SPEK.TAKL\, so watch out for that.

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