London, UK – 23rd June 2022 . Aviary Studios is thrilled to unveil the official trailer for The Gallery, the highly anticipated FMV/live action video game and interactive film hybrid, written and directed by Paul Raschid, one of the most prolific creatives in this space. Scheduled for release from 1st August, 2022 on Steam (PC and Mac), Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, iOS and Android platforms. The Gallery is a thrilling combination of hostage thriller and social drama with a dash of world film festival cinema aesthetic.
This new, intense trailer has been created to engage both gamers and interactive film fans with its blend of powerful visuals depicting the games’ two time periods – 1981 and 2021, both of which are of considerable political, social and cultural significance in UK history.
Filmed over a 6 week period in February and March, 2021, the game immerses audiences in an interactive experience set in two time periods – 1981 and 2021 where players will face over 150 decision paths and 18 different endings over around 5 hours of content as they navigate a story full of mystery and intrigue.
The interactive authoring for The Gallery was provided by Stornaway.io. The Unity game engine build was undertaken by Edgeloop Ltd.
The Gallery boasts a stellar cast including George Blagden (Louis XIV in Versailles and Athelstan in Vikings) and Anna Popplewell (Susan Pevensie in Disney’s Narnia franchise)
Asked who they think The Gallery will appeal to they commented;
“I think The Gallery will appeal to many different viewers – not only the gaming community, who already have experience with this kind of story-telling, but also the film and TV genre audiences and anyone into thriller/action/drama really!” Said George Blagden.
Anna Popplewell added “For the gaming community, we hope it delivers perhaps a fuller and more detailed story than viewers might expect. And for those who might not be used to watching things with an interactive component, there is the thrill of a new way of storytelling.”
When asked how they found the experience filming a FMV / live action video game and interactive film hybrid the actors commented:
“Confusing, gratifying, maddening, exciting, challenging, wonderful!” Said Anna Popplewell.
George Blagden said “Unexpected, on every level. I thought I knew what the process would be. I was wrong. It was 10 times harder, and more confusing than I could ever have imagined. I thought I knew what the outcome would be. I was wrong. The result is way more complex and detailed than I thought was achievable in a 6 week shoot. I can’t wait to try to find other ways of bridging this gap between films and video games with projects in the future”.
The Gallery is scheduled to roll out from 1st August 2022 on Steam (PC and Mac), Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, iOS and Android platforms. The Gallery is localized (subtitled) into 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), French, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian) Russian, Spanish (Latin America) and Turkish.
Fans can wishlist The Gallery on Steam now.