OverviewTale of Tales is a game development company founded by Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn in Belgium in December 2003. They create interactive projects that often take place in virtual spaces, with an artistic motivation. The first game, 8 was never completed due to a lack of funds. The second game, The Endless Forest - a curious 3D multiplayer deer simulation game, was launched in December 2005 and is still being updated with new content.
The team also made a game for the music album Min & Meer by Eva De Roovere & Gerry De Mol. In November 2007 The Kiss Incorporator was released, a remake of a project originally created in 2001 for an art exhibition. Players get to explore a surreal environment based on the 3D body scans of the two developers kissing.
In 2008 the short game The Graveyard was unexpectedly released in March 2008. It was nominated and became a finalist for the Innovation Award at the 2009 Independent Games Festival. Before that, the short horror game The Path was announced. Loosely based on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood but with a much darker twist, it was released in March 2009 and it was also a visual art finalist at the 2008 Independent Games Festival.
The Path was the studio's first truly commercial game, not only self-published digitally but also available on digital platforms such as Direct2Drive and Steam, and published in retail in Poland. The studio's first title was free (The Endless Forest) or offered a bit more content to paying players (The Graveyard). The developers regularly write about their views and design concepts on the company site's blog and try to adhere the game design to a manifesto.
In October 2009, the studio released another shorter game, dubbed a vignette, similar to The Graveyard, called Fatale. It is based on the original biblical story of Salome as well as the more modern play by Oscar Wilde.
The studio released its first mobile title for the iPhone in February 2010: Vanitas. It was created for The Art History of Games symposium in Atlanta. In 2012 the studio released Bientôt l'été and in 2013 Luxuria Superbia. The latter won the nuovo award at the 2014 Independent Games Festival. In June 2014 the studio launched a Kickstarter project to crowd fund a new title Sunset. The $25,000 goal was reached quickly and the game was released in May 2015.
In June 2015 the studio announced to retire from commercial games. One month after the release only 4,000 copies of Sunset were sold, including Kickstarter copies.
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Related Web Sites
- Tale of Tales BVBA (official website)
- Interview with Tale of Tales (on Gamer.nl in Dutch (15th December 2007))