Asylums and mentally-ill people have appeared extensively in horror games, but little effort has been applied in making their depictions authentic. An Italian development studio called LKA.it aims to change that with their upcoming title The Town of Light.
The game places players in the role of a 16 year-old girl named Renèe who suffers from schizophrenia. Unfortunately, she’s admitted to the real-life Volterra Psychiatric Asylum, an infamous psychiatric hospital in Tuscany which was notorious for disappearing patients and inhumane procedures.
The focus of the game won’t be the asylum so much as delving into Renèe’s mind and understanding how she sees the world. The creeps and scares will be fabrications of the character’s psyche rather than actual monsters and haunted locations.
The Town of Light will hit our screens on the 26th of February of next year exclusively for the PC. Take a peek at the trailer below to see what they have planned. You can also keep up with proceedings at the official site here. For more background info, the folks at The Daily Mail covered the asylum in one of their articles last year, complete with creepy-yet-beautiful photography showcasing decay and despair.