Fans of music-based games like Crypt of the Necrodancer may have something new to look forward to this year. Parisian dev team Armogaste has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming title, A Song in the Void.As the title suggests, the game will focus heavily on its musical score. In fact, players will interact with the soundtrack directly. When A Song in the Void asks players to “restore harmony”, it’s not just a figure of speech.

The primary goal of A Song in the Void is to travel across the game’s five island areas and to literally rebuild the soundtrack for each of them. To do so, players will have to solve various puzzles scattered throughout the world. The main island appearing in promotional content is a glacial area rich with marine life. However, there are also screenshots of a desert island and an island covered in flowers. And just as each island will have its own environments, they’ll also have their own unique musical aesthetics.

Of course, for a game centered on music, the quality of the score will have to impress. The tracks available in the short trailer on the game’s Steam page do not disappoint in this regard. The relaxed, melancholy piano motif, which seems to correspond with the glacial island shown, was perfectly captivating for this listener.

A Musical Mystery

As for the gameplay, there doesn’t seem to be a lot to show off so far. The footage available shows a first person perspective. The islands the team has finished seem to use simplistic but beautiful 3D visuals, similar to other indie titles like Necropolis. However, A Song in the Void seems to be doing a lot more than just riffing off of established tropes.

A Song in the Void's title screen. Large pillars rise from an ocean that sprawls behind the game's menu.

A Song in the Void is set to release in the 2nd quarter of 2018. The Kickstarter campaign is to support the developers and help them add content and polish to the game. If you’re interested, and can spare the cash, you can head on over and make a pledge. You can also check out the game’s website for more details. The Kickstarter campaign ends on January 30th.

Lucia Taylor

Lucia Taylor

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