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Skybound Games Reveals New Story Trailer for Slice-of-Life Simulator Closer the Distance & Demo at Steam Next Fest June 10

Lead a Town through Tragedy in this Narrative-Rich Life Sim from Award-Winning Osmotic Games

LOS ANGELES June 3, 2024 –Skybound Games, a division of Skybound Entertainment, the creator-led, multi-platform entertainment company behind mega-franchises The Walking Dead, Invincible, Impact Winter, and more, today unveiled a new story trailer for Closer the Distancefrom award-winning indie studio Osmotic Games (Orwell). This deep, narrative-rich slice-of-life simulator will debut a demo at Steam Next Fest on June 10.

Watch the Closer the Distance Story Trailer: 

In Closer the Distance, you will play as Angela, a young girl from the small, cozy village of Yesterby who passes away in a tragic accident. Left in limbo, Angela quickly discovers the ability to telepathically influence the loved ones she has left behind. Discover the stories at the heart of this shattered community and use your ethereal powers tounearth long-kept secrets, heal strained relationships, and help the living move on in an emotionally charged journey of love, grief, catharsis, and hope.

Each character that Angela can interact with is fully simulated and highly nuanced, with their own emotional states, wishes, memories, and intertwined relationships that develop over time with or without your guidance. Your choices will have a significant impact on the people of Yesterby and the outcome of their journey, making each playthrough unique and immersive. Will you be able to help Yesterby’s community heal and chart a better path forwards?

Closer the Distance is a truly unique slice-of-life sim, exploring some existential questions about the impact an individual’s life has on others,” said Ian Howe, Managing Partner, Skybound Entertainment. “The team at Osmotic has crafted a compellingly thoughtful narrative, providing players with the tools to interact with a carefully constructed world and truly influence its characters.”

“Our studio was formed to explore new ways to convey complex narratives in video games, so after the success of our debut title, Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You, we looked at how we could push the medium further,” said Daniel Marx, CEO and Game Director, Osmotic Games. “Closer the Distance is the result, and by merging life simulator mechanics with a thought-provoking, narrative-driven experience, we’re allowing our players to ponder and contend with challenging themes, layered with an undercurrent of hope, empathy and kindness.”

Closer the Distance is available to wishlist now on Steam. For more information, visit www.ClosertheDistance.com.

About Osmotic Studios

Osmotic Studios is an award-winning independent game development company based in Hamburg, Germany.  Always striving to test out new ways to convey a convincing narrative, the company focuses on story-centric games with socially relevant and meaningful topics at their hearts. Best-known is Osmotic Studios’ debut game Orwell, released in 2016, putting players in the shoes of a government agent in the eponymous surveillance program, tasked with spying on suspect persons by going through their online documents and files and listening in on their chats and phone calls. Orwell received widespread critical acclaim and recognition from The Game Awards, the Independent Games Festival, and SXSW Gaming.

About Skybound Games

Skybound Entertainment is a creator-first company focused on bringing amazing comics, TV series, audio series, film, and video games to dedicated fans. Skybound Games publishes, produces, and distributes video games across every genre, including the blockbuster The Walking Dead video game series and BAFTA award-winning Before Your Eyes. In November 2023, we launched our first original game in the Invincible universe, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve, to critical acclaim. In 2024, Skybound will build a cutting-edge in-house gaming production studio, further enhancing our capacity to shape the future of gaming entertainment.