If you’ve ever wanted to play a video game adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Golden Glitch Studios is releasing exactly that in late June. The game is called Elsinore and puts the player in control of Danish noblewoman and Hamlet’s love-interest, Ophelia. Except, unlike the Shakespearean version, this Ophelia is an active player in the world around her, with one mission – to save everyone in Elsinore Castle.
The game’s description reads:
On a summer night, the Danish noblewoman Ophelia awakens from a terrible vision: in four days, everyone in Elsinore Castle will be dead. Even worse, she’s been thrown into a time loop from which she cannot escape. Forced to relive the same four days over and over again, Ophelia determines to do everything in her power to change the future.
Elsinore is a time-looping adventure game set in the world of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Elsinore combines strong social simulation elements, a dynamic story that reacts immediately to player decisions, and a world full of diverse characters with secrets to uncover. Can Ophelia prevent the tragedy that lies before her?
And in case that wasn’t enough, the characters AI actions are based on what each of them know. So a Hamlet who knows how his father died will do different things than a Hamlet with no idea, as the character AI dynamically schedules events.
As Ophelia, you can witness those events, learn more things, influence other characters, and potentially change the end of the story.
Elsinore will release for PC, Mac, and Linux on June 24th, 2019.
You can check out the trailer below.