SYDNEY – April 19, 2021 – Winter Ember, the stealth sandbox action game from developer Sky Machine Studios and publisher Blowfish Studios, dismantles a corrupt organization from the shadows on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam and GOG today. The Nintendo Switch version continues to make preparations in the darkest corners for later this year.
Heavy gaits of guard boots echo in harmony with the cadence of horse hooves and wagon wheels across Anargal’s cobblestone pathways. A rugged cloaked man crouches in an abandoned corridor trapped with his troubled thoughts in defining silence. Reminiscing on long-lost nobility, his heart burns with the overwhelming fire of revenge fueling the strength behind a fully-taut, arrow-loaded bow.
Become the long assumed dead aristocrat, Arthur Artorias, as he takes revenge upon Greater Heaven, an oppressive religious faction with an iron grip on the ruined remains of his homestead. Scour derelict districts of a massive Victorian city under the blanket of mist and darkness. Stealthily duck in and out of snow-covered alleyways to pilfer gorgeous estates and temples while silencing assailants unlucky enough to spot Arthur.
Craft specific arrow types to aid in the rebellion effort. Combine smoke, explosion, electricity, sleep, water, and poison elements with numerous materials to scale buildings, destroy barriers, and subdue unsuspecting cult members. Advance Arthur through three distinct skill trees, granting a deadly edge in either Combat, Stealth, or Utility. Unravel the unsettling truths behind Arthur’s painful past, the untimely fall of his family, and the motivations behind this group hell-bent on cleansing the world of “darkness” by any means necessary.
“Winter Ember’s chilling roots are planting themselves in gaming machines as we speak,” said Robert Wahby, Lead Project Director, Sky Machine Studios. “Can you scour the kingdom for precious loot and uncover the clues for the best of multiple endings to Arthur’s story without being spotted? Put your stealth and detective skills to the test and take up that challenge!”
Winter Ember is available now for $29.99 USD/€23.99 EUR/£18.99 GPD on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and GOG with English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Slovak, Japanese, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) language support. The Nintendo Switch version will arrive later this year.
About Sky Machine Studios
Sky Machine Studios is a young Sydney-based independent game developer that aims to create great, imaginative, and ultimately fun games. Winter Ember is the team’s first title and was funded in part by an Epic MegaGrant.
For more on Sky Machine Studios, check out the team’s website.
About Blowfish Studios
Blowfish Studios is an award-winning game developer and publisher based in Sydney, Australia. The studio strives to release original multi-platform games, while also collaborating with developers from around the world. As developers first, they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to any partnership. The studio provides development services to get the game release ready, porting to all major platforms, platform approval, marketing, and promotion to the world. Blowfish Studios is a part of Animoca Brands gaming focused endeavors.
About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands, ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification. Animoca Brands develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Formula 1®, Marvel, WWE, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Doraemon. Animoca Brands’ portfolio of blockchain investments and partnerships includes Sky Mavis (Axie Infinity), Dapper Labs (CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot), OpenSea, Harmony, Bitski, and Alien Worlds. Its subsidiaries include The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, Gamee, nWay, Pixowl, Bondly, and Lympo.