Earlier this year, Annapurna Interactive announced that it would be adding to its already impressive library of games with an interesting puzzle game centered around telling stories. Developer Daniel Benmergui has been working on Storyteller for many years, previously showing it off at events like IndieCade and the Independent Games Festival. With publisher Annapurna Interactive now at the helm, the game looks to be closer to completion than ever. We recently spoke with Benmergui to learn more about his puzzle game.
"I wanted to make a game where instead of playing stories, you would create stories," Benmergui told Shacknews. "It all started when I was a kid and I read fairy tale books and all, that came with illustrations. As I read those stories, I always wondered or wished I could change things in the story, like what would happen if this character did this other thing? What would happen if somebody warned this character that this was happening? How would the story have gone?"
Storyteller's premise is that players are given a title, characters, and settings and must use those in order to create a comprehensive story. Benmergui's game has undergone several visual revisions over the years, but Annapurna Interactive's guidance has led to a visual style that utilizes fairy tale-style illustrations and comic book-like layouts.
There's no word on when Storyteller will release. Whenever it's finished, look for it to come to PC and Nintendo Switch. If you want a taste of what to expect, there's an updated demo available now on Steam. For more interviews like this, visit Shacknews and GamerHubTV on YouTube.