A launch trailer was shared this week to mark the release of a new narrative-adventure game titled Where the Water Tastes Like Wine from developers Dim Bulb Games and Serenity Forge.
The game offers players a chance to set off on an adventure through 100 years of American folklore and history, meeting characters and hearing their stories along the way. Music is also an important element to the game, as you’ll discover below, and the cast even features Sting, who voices the rather hairy gentleman seen at the end of the trailer. The voice cast also includes names well-known to video game fans, including Dave Fennoy (The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series), Cissy Jones (Firewatch), and Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect).
Continue below to read more about the game and watch the launch trailer.
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a Narrative-Adventure game about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. Featuring gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine combines 2D visuals with a 3D overworld US map.
Players wander across a folkloric Depression era United States at their own pace, meeting strangers with their own stories to tell. Through these interactions, players will be able to collect unique stories which can then be re-told to unlock new interactions. In this way the in-game stories themselves act as a currency to progress through the game, and it’s up to the player to pair the right story with the unique needs of each of the characters that you will encounter throughout your travels. Only through these right pairings will characters reveal their true selves, and bestow you with the most powerful stories, the true ones which reveal something about their own lives. In Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, stories organically take on a life of their own as they grow larger and transform as they’re told- and re-told.
A large number of folk tales and personal stories to discover, told by characters from all over America.
Beautiful combination of 3D overworld and hand drawn 2D illustrations.
Original stories written by a wide selection of accomplished authors.
Fully voiced characters from all walks of life brought to life by world-renowned voice acting talent, including Sting, Dave Fennoy (The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series), Cissy Jones (Firewatch), Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect), Sarah Elmaleh (Gone Home), Melissa Hutchison (The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series), Elizabeth Maxwell (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild), and many more.
A hauntingly beautiful original soundtrack arranged by celebrated composer Ryan Ike and featuring performances from a collection of gifted musicians.
An emerging fantastical, psychedelic and surreal overarching atmosphere.
Unfortunately the game is only available to play on PC, so everyone else is out of luck at the moment. The game’s press site says other platforms are to be announced but the release date listed there is “2017,” so we’ll have to wait to see if it ever makes its way to consoles.
In addition to the launch trailer, I’ve also included some previously released trailers below.