Story-Driven Title “Whispering Willows” Coming To Switch

If you’ve felt that the selection for independent titles on Nintendo’s eShop has been a bit anaemic (and well overpriced at that), you may well be in luck, as Akupara Games have just announced the upcoming release of a new-to-Switch title, Whispering Willows, via a trailer released this Friday.

Whispering Willows will be a port of a game previously released on the PC and Ouya in 2014 by Night Light Interactive, but it looks to have found a natural home on the Switch, four years later. The game looks to be a 2D platformer with hand-painted graphics, and will emphasise a story-driven experience “full of twists and betrayal”, as well as exploration and puzzles to keep the player busy.

Adventure games that harken back to Metroidvania often do well on Nintendo’s platform, which will be a boon for the developers and also fans of the genre. The handheld nature of the console also pairs well with intimate experiences, which Whispering Willows looks to offer.

The story will see you taking control of a young girl named Elena who is in search of her father in the frightening setting of the Willows Mansion. Elena will be confronted by spirits both benevolent and malevolent, but she is imbued with the powers of astral projection thanks to an amulet left to her by her dad, which will allow her to solve the puzzles left by the mansion, according to the official press release. The game had been decently well-received in the past, earning 63% from aggregators Metacritic.

The Los Angeles-based independent publisher-developer, noted for previously being behind titles such as Little Bug and Desert Child, look to continue their commitment to uplifting smaller games; the company specialise in “delivering next-level results” for clients that might not have had the knowledge or power to launch their games on platforms such as the Switch themselves.

The Switch port will be released on the 25th of September for $9.99 on the eShop, and the trailer can be viewed here: 

RuneScape To Have Music Library Released For First Time Ever

The creators of the world-conquering and hugely popular MMORPG series RuneScape, Jagex, announced in Cambridge today that they would release two albums’ worth of original music related to the venerable fantasy franchise in collaboration with the The Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, and Laced Records, a music publisher.

Two records entitled RuneScape: The Orchestral Collection and Runescape: Original Soundtrack Classics are available now on streaming platforms such as Spotify. Physical releases will come later on – fans will be able to pre-order either CDs or double vinyl sets if they want to get their hands on something tangible.

The compilations feature work from James Hannigan, who is a BAFTA-award winning composer who has previously been heard on franchises such as Harry Potter and Command and Conquer – specifically, this was soundtrack work from the decently-received Order of the Phoenix, as well as the creation of the main theme from Red Alert 3, the Soviet March.

The music was originally recorded in two stages for these albums: the first coming in 2012 in Bratislava by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra – this is more than likely the original compositions recorded for the game in the first place. The last part of the record was completed in December 2017 at the aforementioned Abbey Road Studios, and will likely form the basis for Disc 1.

Guy Pearce, Director of Brand and Creative Production at Jagex, was vocal about releasing the soundtrack for the sake of the fans. “The community has been telling us for a long time that RuneScape’s music is, for many, the soundtrack to their youth and that they would like it to be more easily available. So, we’re thrilled to be able to make original, current and classical versions of some of their favourite tracks available for them to listen to where, when and how they want.”

The two albums are available to listen to now on streaming sites, and can be ordered through Laced Records here (if you live in the US): www.lacedrecords.com and here (rest of the world): www.lacedrecords.co.