Tale of Tales celebrate Halloween with the Velocity Festival of Digital Culture
Only a few weeks after the release of Phase Three, Tale of Tales have released a new version of The Endless Forest to accomodate for the events that will be happening throughout the month leading up to All Hallows Eve (31 October) and Day of the Dead (2 November). This in response to an invitation from UK cultural organisation Folly for their Velocity Festival of Digital Culture that takes place in Lancashire from 11 October to 3 November.
The Endless Forest is a multiplayer game where everyone plays a magical deer. There's no goals or missions or chat. Gameplay centers around being creative and imaginative in a peaceful community. This month, the usual idyllic landscape will be overtaken by an ominous blanket of mist whenever a visitor of the Velocity exhibition logs in. This visitor will be represented as a frightening Deer Of The Dead that players can trick for treats.
More horrifyingly amusing elements will be added throughout the month. Culminating in a splendiferous celebration on Dia De Los Muertos, at the occasion of the final week of the exhibition of The Endless Forest in Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.
Tale of Tales is a games development studio located in Ghent, Belgium. It was founded by media artists Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn in 2002 with the explicit purpose of creating "elegant and emotionally rich interactive entertainment". Next to The Endless Forest, they are also working on a single player horror game inspired by Little Red Ridinghood, entitled The Path.
"Celebrating Halloween in The Endless Forest is motivated by our interest in storytelling across cultures. As with so many traditions, the history of Halloween spans many centuries and locations. It connects ancient Celtic rituals with Catholic feasts all the way to contemporary consumer culture. The Endless Forest is a monument to harmony and peace. It explores the stories that connect people through space and time."
Stories about death and decay in this case. But a hell of a lot of fun anyway!
The Endless Forest can be downloaded for free from