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Someday You'll Return

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: CBE Software
Release Date: 2019

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by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2018 @ 6:47 p.m. PST

Someday You’ll Return is a narrative-driven first person psychological horror game with strong adventure elements.

Where are you, Stela?

It’s not the first time she ran away. But you’re uneasy … this time feels so different. Long ago, you swore never to return here. And now, she has dragged you back. Your search leads deep into ancient Moravian forests and reveals secrets that should have stayed buried.

While your survival skills and quick wits might advance your search, malevolent forces rise up against you. There are nightmares you can’t fight and win. Some of them … could be yours.

Your character is Daniel, Stela’s father, who is forced by events to return to a place, he swore never to return. In the forest he will encounter peculiar people who will help him understand the true reason why Stela keeps running away. Someday You’ll Return deals with intimate concepts of fatherhood, fears, lies and refusal to accept one’s past. While the story contains strong horror elements it’s not always the most obvious monsters which are the most frightening.

The development process of Someday You’ll  Return was mainly self-funded by the two-man team behind the game. CBE Software got support  by the Creative Europe Program and Epic Games. The Unreal Engine maker secured the additional funding of the game by honoring the team with the Unreal Dev Grant which was established to give a boost to the most promising and creative Unreal projects. This round was especially varied, ranging from VR projects to healthcare tools, AI-driven educational platforms and story-driven video games like CBE’s title.

Someday You'll Return received numerous awards on this year's renowned gaming events. It was granted "Game of the Year" on Reboot Develop 2018 being also honored for its Visual Excellence and was nominated in the Outstanding Gameplay category. The game was awarded for the Best Art on Game Access 2018 and White Nights St. Petersburg 2018's Indie Game Cup. At the latter it also received nominations for the Best Storytelling and was one of the Grand Prix Award nominees.

More of the intricate features of the game will get revealed in the following months. Stay tuned as ancient Moravian forests hold many stories to be told and secrets to be revealed.

Someday You’ll Return takes place in beautiful scenic areas of the Czech Republic. While they are not exact duplicates, CBE Software desired to capture the atmosphere of Bohemian nature. The team places well known landmarks into a virtual map, which are discoverable by players and which the team personally visited many times in their life. Anyone can grab their backpack and hike there. A typical Czech forest setting has been used as a reference which is different from other real world locations like Scandinavian or American forests. This creates a unique mood for players. The game is a semi-open world with very clear landmarks so players can always orient themselves. The developers also implemented the famous Czech tourist navigation system dating back to the end of 19th century.

The referenced locations and mythos in the game are ancient. Some of the tales mentioned in Someday You’ll Return date back to the 9th century.

CBE Software is creating far more than a “walking simulator” so apart from the basic walk/run/crouch, players can look forward to a wide variety of game mechanics:

  • Workbench crafting interface – you can craft or repair things in a specialized interface
  • Herbalism – you can pick up flowers or mushrooms and make your own potions
  • Environment interaction – you can interact in the world you are in, use items etc.
  • Smartphone – you can use GPS, call someone or communicate via SMS, you can also use your mobile light
  • Karmic system – your actions have consequences which can influence ending
  • Phased day night cycle
  • Wall climbing
  • Tracking – look for clues like footprints etc.
  • Stealth
  • Other types of yet undisclosed interaction

There is no combat in the game.

Someday You'll Return is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC, scheduled for 2019.

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