If you haven’t heard, there’s a very intriguing island exploration game called Welcome to Elk and it’s scheduled to launch this September 17. The art style is very cute and quirky, but the lives of these characters are based on the real stories of real people, and some are quite dark indeed.
If you head over to Steam, Welcome to Elk has a free fifteen-minute demo available that you can try out. The game begins with a dream sequence showing Frigg, the main character, singing karaoke with a llama. Pretty trippy, right?
Welcome to Elk has cute and fun minigames, which in this case, you have to make Frigg sing along by pressing the W, A, S, D keys on your keyboard. As soon as Frigg wakes up, you go to a pub with a friend, where it initiates yet another minigame. This time, you have to pour a perfect pint by tilting the glass.
Given how this is the kind of quirky gameplay Welcome to Elk starts with, you’d expect it to be like this for the rest of the game. But no — after conversing with your friend about her family, you will be transported to a very distressing memory of a different family.
After that sad scene ends, the demo shows a black and white video of a man talking about the real-life terrible event of the characters present in the game. It appears that Welcome to Elk is full of these noir footage. Through them, developer Triple Topping says that you will be able to meet and get to know the people who inspired the creation of the game.
Welcome to Elk has definitely caught our interest and we can’t wait to play the full game once it’s launched later this month.