Talk, sneak, fight, charm, and barter your way through a perilous adventure

Nantes, France, March 23rd, 2022 – Indie developer Alkemi in partnership with Dear Villagers are proud to reveal their upcoming story-driven card game, Foretales. Due this Summer on PC and Switch, Foretales is a new kind of card game where narration and experimentation blend with decksploration mechanics. 

Foretales tells the story of a collapsing world doomed by a dark​ prophecy. Assuming the role of the avian small-time thief Volepain, you must assemble your party by choosing from a selection of anthropomorphic characters ranging from the tiger archer Léo, to the gorilla Karst, to the elephant Isabeau, and parrot Pattenbois. Use each character’s unique skills along with consumable cards to forge your path through a huge variety of scripted encounters and situations. Choose whether to approach a scenario by using stealth, creating a ruse, making a trade, or engaging in good old-fashioned fisticuffs.

Play through the story multiple times to unlock all narrative branches, find multiple solutions to a single problem and maybe discover a way to achieve what seemed impossible at first. Experiment with different card associations and write your own story with your own moral values.

Foretales’ tabletop inspired mechanics are brought to life through a gorgeous illustrative art style that recalls the classic 2D animation of Disney’s golden era. The atmosphere is enhanced through a soundtrack by legendary composer Christophe Héral, of Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman Legends fame, while prolific character actor Travis Willingham (whose IMDB profile is so vast we wouldn’t even know where to begin) offers his esteemed vocal talents as the narrator.

“We’re all big fans of tabletop gaming, so we wanted to bring its open-ended nature to life in a video game, where we could combine it with the advantages of that medium – such as music and voice acting,” said Alain Puget, founder of Alkemi. “It’s a totally unique beast, combining narration and experimentation merged with deck mechanics. We really think it’s something new and we hope that players will enjoy this new blend of narration and gameplay.”

Foretales is among the most ambitious indies we’ve come across,” said Guillaume Jamet, Head of Publishing at Dear Villagers. “The amount of narrative freedom it offers is unbelievable, and the slick production values and artistry layered on top of it makes it a truly special endeavor. It’s positively dripping with love, which makes it the perfect fit for Dear Villagers’ boutique lineup!”

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About Alkemi:

Founded in 2011, Alkemi is a small team of craft people making their own games and other visual products. The studio focuses on medium sized, polished games, with an emphasis on making unique titles that are unlike anything else out there. Its previous works include the horizontal-scrolling shmup / RPG hybrid Drifting Lands, as well as the twin-stick shooter / match-3 mashup Transcripted. Alkemi is now working on its most ambitious title yet with the upcoming narrative-based card game Foretales, due in 2022.

About Dear Villagers:

Dear Villagers is a publishing label of Plug In Digital. It’s a place where talented studios can unleash their creativity and focus on bringing unique single player experiences to players on PC and console, experiences that will stay with them long after the credits roll. Dear Villager’s lineup includes the award-winning The Forgotten City, The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk, ScourgeBringer and Edge Of Eternity.