Inspired by Real Events, ‘Instant Messaging Adventure’ with Themes of Love, Hope and Migration Follows Fraught Journey of Syrian War Refugees in Unique Game Experience
[PRESS RELEASE] Independent French developers, The Pixel Hunt and Figs, and publisher Playdius, in a co-production with ARTE, European Cultural TV and digital network, have today announced that their latest project, the acclaimed instant messaging adventure Bury me, my Love, will launch October 26, 2017 on iOS and Android platforms.
Inspired by real events and imbued with themes of love, hope and migration, Bury me, my Love tells the story of Syrian refugee Nour and her husband Majd as Nour undertakes a perilous journey to safety. The title of the story-driven interactive fiction comes from the Syrian goodbye phrase that roughly means “Take care, and don’t even think about dying before I do.” This phrase takes on a deeper meaning as players take on the role of Majd, who is forced to stay behind and can only able to communicate with his wife through their smartphones. By reading instant messages and choosing response options, players help Nour overcome the hardships she will encounter, with the story featuring multiple endings. Bury me, my Love can be played in real-time, with messages arriving in intermittent intervals, sometimes stretching for hours. A fast-track option, which allows the story to be played without pauses, is available as well.
A former journalist, The Pixel Hunt founder Florent Maurin has created several easily accessible adventure games based on real-life events including Rebuilding Haiti and Sauvons le Louvre. After Maurin chanced upon the gripping story of refugee Dana S., a young Syrian woman who fled her country and is now living in Germany, she became the inspiration and one of the special editorial advisors on Bury me, my Love.
“Bury me, my Love is inspired by real events experienced by refugees such as Dana, but our main characters of Nour and Majd are fictional,” comments founder Florent Maurin. “Our goal for this project was to represent an experience shared by a multitude of people in a thought-provoking and unique way; the hope of finding a better life, with only a smartphone to connect you with your loved ones as you make life and death decisions.”
Bury me, my Love will be available on the App Store and Google Play store on October 26 as a premium paid title.
Playdius is an up-and-coming French independent video game publisher, with the mission to market a selection of handpicked games across platforms, which deserve recognition for their creativity and originality.
Founded in 2014 by Florent Maurin, The Pixel Hunt is a video games studio dedicated to reality-inspired titles. It has run many commissioned projects for clients such as France Télévisions, ARTE and Le Monde, but Bury me, my Love is The Pixel Hunt’s first independent project.
Created in 1992, ARTE is a public European TV and digital network with a focus on creation and innovation. In the last decade, ARTE has produced a number of major interactive works, among other the games Type:Rider, Californium, and SENS VR.
Figs is a digital design agency specialised in user experience design and graphic interfaces. The studio works for industry veterans such as Ubisoft and Amplitude. Bury me, my Love is Figs’ first independent game project.