- Discover a photorealistic recreation of the Italian countryside on foot, by bike or by boat.
- Discover a dark, multilayered narrative that blurs the lines between reality, superstition, and the tragedy of war.
- Uncover the secret of what happened to Martha.
Spoiler warning: Martha was initially dead.
Our trip with Martha is dead was a long time ago. From mastering and developing new and existing technologies, to balancing the style and tone of the visuals, to perfecting and fine-tuning a powerful and poignant story.
We are happy to announce that our development journey is now coming to an end, and we are happy to share this with you Martha is dead will be released on February 24th on the Xbox family of consolesNS, 2022.
If this is your first time getting to know the game, Martha is dead is a dark first-person psychological thriller set in Italy in 1944, which blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the grave tragedy of war. The violated corpse of a drowned woman – her twin sister Martha – is found outdoors. Alone you have to cope with the acute trauma of loss and the aftermath of her murder, in search of a truth shrouded in mysterious folklore, under the added pressure of war, through a deep, dark and multilayered narrative.
From the earliest days of development Martha is dead We knew we had to push the boundaries of visual fidelity to bring the impact of our dark story to the world. Right from the start, we started testing the waters with brand new technology that is still developing and not yet mastered in the industry – from photogrammetry techniques to Unreal’s emerging metahuman technology!
In summary, Martha is dead was designed to meet our own vision for the next generation of gaming. We were on the right track to some extent, but the true power of the Xbox series consoles surprised us and allowed us to push the boundaries of our storytelling and visual design even further to create an even stronger connection with the fascinating and creating difficult story that we have needed to tell.
Our story may be thought-provoking and, to some extent, “gritty”, but we welcome players to freely explore our incredibly detailed replica of the Italian countryside on foot, by bike, or by boat – both in breathtaking natural light and deep in the night – beautifully implemented thanks to the power and versatility of the Xbox series of consoles.
You don’t normally see key spoilers in giant letters on the front of a box, but hey, Martha is dead – this is the key jumping point in the game. During your time with Martha is dead, you will experience from the eyes of Giulia, Martha’s twin sister, who is just learning to deal with the loss of her closest confidante and the impact this has on her immediate family and her future life.
Loss is an incredibly powerful and difficult to convey feeling, but that loss came during a time of war, an already traumatic event made even more intimidating by the mysterious tale of local folklore about the Lady of the Lake, ethereal entity and dark power ruling the Lake rules in which the body of Martha is discovered.
Could this dark force be responsible for the tragedy and atrocities? You will find out on February 24thNS