For immediate release.
Other is an augmented reality sound adventure, which uses GPS to trigger area specific sounds that guide players through the darker side of Dundee. The game, available to download from 31 May 2013, has been developed by the National Theatre of Scotland and independent game studio Quartic Llama. Other is the first time that the National Theatre of Scotland has developed and designed a game.
The iPhone game, which has been developed using the Unity 3D engine, begins at the Dundee Rep Theatre. The player follows the route through Dundee, uncovering hidden stories and buried secrets by finding locations and solving puzzles. As the journey develops, a fictional, darker side of the city is discovered, where the world of Dundee is subverted, the possibility of horror is around every corner, and the secret of Other is revealed.
The Other game has been created as part of a wider community based transmedia project involving writing groups and noise workshops across Dundee. Many of the sounds and stories generated in these workshops have shaped and been used as integral parts of the game.
Other elements of the project have included the highly successful Other games jam held at Abertay University, and ‘Two Days of Darkness’ 48 hour short film challenge. The games and films were all made to an incredibly high standard due to Dundee’s unbeatable reputation for digital technology, and will be featured on the Other online portal, www.otherdundee.com.
The launch of the Other game will take place Friday 31 May-Sunday 2 June when live theatre will combine with promenade site-specific tours of the route bringing an even darker side of Dundee to life. At the end of the tours there will be a celebration in Duke’s Corner where the ‘Two Days of Darkness’ short films and games, made as part of the Other project, will be showcased along with live music. These tours will also be fully accessible to deaf audiences.
The Other game will run from 31 May 2013 and can be downloaded free from the iPhone App Store. It is recommended to download it using wi-fi.
Other is inspired by, and created to support, Let the Right One In, a stage adaptation by Jack Thorne based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Directed by John Tiffany. Dundee Rep 5-29 June 2013. Tickets on sale at dundeerep.co.uk.
Let the Right One In is presented by National Theatre of Scotland by arrangement with Marla Rubin Productions Ltd and Bill Kenwright in association with Dundee Rep Theatre.
Other creative director Philippa Tomlin said: “We’re really excited to be working on a project supporting Let The Right One In. It’s such a wonderfully dark and beautiful story and this has inspired our stories for the Other game. We’ve met and worked with some brilliantly creative people along the way and that, combined with Dundee’s atmosphere and all its rich layers of history, make it the perfect setting for this game.”
Quartic Llama’s support of National Theatre of Scotland’s Other project has received a New Arts Sponsorship Grant of £5,000 from Arts & Business Scotland.
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