Narrative platformer A Highland Song is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam) on December 6 (NZDT), developer inkle announced today.
A Highland Song tells the story of Moira MacKinnon as she sets out on a journey across the Scottish Highlands to visit her uncle’s lighthouse. But the highlands are full of stories and secrets, but they’re also dangerous, and Moira has just seven days to make the trip. The game is described as “part survival adventure, part platformer, and part rhythm game with a surprising, sprawling story that weaves into every decision you make.” There’s an exploration element, too, and if you don’t make it to the lighthouse in time, you’ll be rewarded for trying again.
A Highland Song is the latest game from inkle, the studio behind 80 Days and Heaven’s Vault. Both of those are acclaimed for their creative approaches to branching narrative and the way they balance player decisions with authored storytelling. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with the intriguing setup of their latest adventure.
Unsurprisingly, given the title and rhythm element, music will play an important role in A Highland Song. The soundtrack is composed by Laurence Chapman alongside Talisk and Fourth Moon – two multi-award-winning Scottish folk bands known for their fast, inventive rhythms and fresh take on traditional styles, “played with beauty, energy and swagger.”
A Highland Song launches December 6 on Nintendo Switch and Steam. Pre-orders are available on Switch, and those who pre-order or buy the game game before December 11 will get a 10% discount, bringing the game down to NZD $23.75.