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Official Game Name: Someday You’ll Return
Developer: CBE Software
Developer’s Country: Czech Republic – Europe
Core Team: Jan Kavan, Lukáš Medek
Official game page: www.youwillreturn.com
Developer’s page: www.cbe-software.com
Press contact: press@cbe-software.com
Genre: A narrative-driven psychological horror game with strong adventure elements
Perspective: Full 3D first person view
Controls: Mouse & Keyboard or Gamepad
Could be compared to: Silent Hill series, Outlast 2, Firewatch, Resident Evil 7, Vanishing of Ethan Carter with an added focus on strong interactive density.
Technology: Unreal Engine 4
Platforms: PC Windows, Playstation 4, XBOX ONE
Release date: 2019
Publisher: N/A
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CBEsoftware/
Twitter: @CBEsoftware
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youwillreturn/
Discord: https://discord.gg/QmJA3mj
Official hashtag: #YouWillReturn

STORY

Where are you, Stela?

It’s not the first time she ran away. But you’re uneasy … this time feels so different. Long ago, you swore never to return here. And now, she has dragged you back. Your search leads deep into ancient Moravian forests and reveals secrets that should have stayed buried.

While your survival skills and quick wits might advance your search, malevolent forces rise up against you. There are nightmares you can’t fight and win. Some of them … could be yours.

Your character is Daniel, Stela’s father, who is forced by events to return to a place, he swore never to return. In the forest he will encounter peculiar people who will help him understand the true reason why Stela keeps running away. Someday You’ll Return deals with intimate concepts of fatherhood, fears, lies and refusal to accept one’s past. While the story contains strong horror elements it’s not always the most obvious monsters which are the most frightening.

SETTING

Someday You’ll Return takes place in beautiful scenic areas of the Czech Republic. While they are not exact duplicates, CBE Software desired to capture the atmosphere of Bohemian nature. The team places well known landmarks into a virtual map, which are discoverable by players and which the team personally visited many times in their life. Anyone can grab their backpack and hike there. A typical Czech forest setting has been used as a reference which is different from other real world locations like Scandinavian or American forests. This creates a unique mood for players. The game is a semi-open world with very clear landmarks so players can always orient themselves. The developers also implemented the famous Czech tourist navigation system dating back to the end of 19th century.

The referenced locations and mythos in the game are ancient. Some of the tales mentioned in Someday You’ll Return date back to the 9th century.

GAMEPLAY

The team is creating far more than a “walking simulator” so apart from the basic walk/run/crouch, players can look forward to a wide variety of game mechanics:

  • Workbench crafting interface – you can craft or repair things in a specialized interface
  • Herbalism – you can pick up flowers or mushrooms and make your own potions
  • Environment interaction – you can interact in the world you are in, use items etc.
  • Smartphone – you can use GPS, call someone or communicate via SMS, you can also use your mobile light
  • Karmic system – your actions have consequences which can influence ending
  • Phased day night cycle
  • Wall climbing
  • Tracking – look for clues like footprints etc.
  • Stealth
  • Other types of yet undisclosed interaction
There is no combat in the game.

AWARDS

Reboot Develop 2018 – Indie Awards
  • Game of the Year (Winner)
  • Visual Excellence (Winner)
  • Outstanding Gameplay (Nominee)
  • Special Selection (Nominee)
Game Access 2018
  • Best Art (Winner)
White Nights St. Petersburg 2018 - Indie Game Cup
  • Best Art (Winner)
  • Grand Prix Award (Nominee)
  • Best Storytelling (Nominee)

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DEVELOPER

CBE Software is a Brno based (Czech Republic) two-man indie studio which started in 2006 as Cardboard Box Entertainment and was transformed into a real company in 2011. The company motto is to explore video game possibilities beyond the boundaries of tried and tested gameplay paradigms.

CBE Software finds their place with story driven games trying to explore different narrative means.

List of games so far: