A Plague Tale: Innocence is developed by a studio that have been infamous for making family friendly titles and light-hearted B-tier games. Asobo Studio has finally gone out on a limb to create something gritty, morbid and unique to them.
Set in France in the year 1348 during the height of the ‘black death’ or ‘black plague’. As the title states, it is a tale based in this era however there are a few nods to history for those in the know. For example, there is a nod to the emperor Justinian was one I was quite impressed by. You play as Amicia de Rune a young teenage girl who is thrown into a situation where she has to take care of her younger brother Hugo. He is infected by something, but it isn’t the plague. All you know is that he is wanted by the English soldiers because he is special, or at the very least, his blood is.
Hugo remains quarantined in his house by his alchemist mother Beatrice to protect and try and cure him. But one fateful day, the soldiers come searching for the boy and slaughter his family bar him and his sister Amicia.
The tale begins here, you have to escape and for the majority of the game you will be playing stealthily and avoiding the guards that are searching for you. The visuals are quite impressive, the French countryside looks incredible in the varying states you see it in. Day, night or even when littered with corpses and overwhelmed with rats. Throughout the game you have to traverse with your younger brother hand in hand, leave him alone too long or veer too far away he will panic and attract attention to himself. For the most part it isn’t an issue and a nice touch.