If A Highland Song sounds familiar to you, it might be because Inkle hasn’t been particularly tight-lipped about his latest project, sharing some of his early production work on the title via regular updates on his blog. . But today is when it’s officially unveiled, with an immediately striking and wonderfully evocative trailer.
While storytelling remains at the heart of A Highland Song, the game once again marks another genre shift for Inkle. The studio, which has previously dabbled in visual novels, turn-based strategy, exploratory adventure, and murder mystery, is now trying its hand at 2.5D platforming in what it calls an “adventure rhythmic narrative.
A Highland Song follows the adventures of Moira McKinnon who, after spending most of her life in a small house on the edge of the Scottish Highlands with her mother, receives a letter from her uncle calling her to the coast.
The ensuing journey takes him to the Highlands, where “every peak has a story to tell and every valley resounds with song. Giants sleep, ghosts sing, crows carry messages and eagles raise the dead. To progress, Moira must scale the craggy peaks to orient herself and plan her next move, then jump, slide and leap through the valleys to the beat of the music.
Some of the roads Moira will encounter are known to be busy, while others are hidden, but all are filled with “stories, lost things, echoes and memories”. However, to see all the Highlands has to offer, players will need to make the trip more than once, and perhaps end up uncovering its deepest secrets.
A Highland Song offers a mix of “hand-drawn animation, impressionistic painted backdrops, and dynamic light and weather effects.” The music is by Laurence Chapman, as well as the stars of the Scottish folk scene Talisk and Fourth Moon.
Moira’s journey will begin when A Highland Song launches on Steam and Switch “soon”.