Hello everybody, I’m Cédric Babouche, the artwork director behind Dordogne, a heartfelt narrative journey in watercolors! French studio Un Je Ne Sais Quoi, a part of animation group Umanimation, have been engaged on this indie creation for the previous few years, and it’ll lastly be launched June 13! You’ll play as Mimi, a 32-year-old in quest of her childhood recollections again the place she used to spend her summers as a toddler. And that place is the bucolic area of Dordogne, within the southwest of France.
After we began the challenge, our place to begin was to create a household story. The southwest area, the place I spent many a Summer season vacation as a toddler, got here up quite a bit in our preliminary drafts and sketches so it emerged as a pure selection for the setting of our story. This hyperlink to my roots permits us to inform a very heartfelt story in a manner that completely matches the household theme.
As the remainder of the group didn’t share that historical past and familiarity with the area, we traveled there collectively for everybody to get a really feel of it. We visited the well-known websites that make up a whole lot of Dordogne’s id, however we additionally frolicked away from the apparent spots to get a distance from conventional postcard materials and get nearer to the expertise of day by day life there: assembly folks available in the market, feeling the presence of the river.
Consequently, you’re going to get to go to some real-world places, comparable to Sarlat, La Roque-Gageac, Castelnau-la-Chapelle, and, after all, the Dordogne River. These weren’t places that we initially deliberate to incorporate – the story got here first and the real-world places that you just get to go to have been picked based mostly on our story’s wants. So, we might first suppose: ‘Let’s go to the market,’ after which, ‘Let’s make it Sarlat’s market, as a result of it’s so iconic.’ Equally, we might add a sequence on a kayak, after which determined to go by La-Roque-Gageac, as a result of the magical expertise of discovering its sight from the River is so emblematic.
So, Dordogne does give you that sense of visiting the area and the websites that form its id. On the identical time, it appears like a peaceable keep, taking within the quiet environment of its nature and villages. The hand-painted watercolor rendition of that idyllic atmosphere helps convey that sense of quietness. We drew thumbnail sketches going through the precise sceneries to catch a spontaneous really feel of the locations and provides them that enchanting presence. The sound and music may even really immerse you, with recordings of pure sounds in addition to a fantastic ambient rating from French band Supernaive. Dordogne has that heat and melancholic Ghibli vibe, however musically, it utterly stands out from the orchestral rating you would possibly count on.
Dordogne can be launched on June 13 for Xbox One and Xbox Sequence X|S. It’s an ideal second to make a journey to Dordogne with Mimi. We hope you’re able to spend a healthful second within the south of France!
Immerse your self in a singular narrative expertise, embarking on a vibrant journey that may awaken your senses and evoke heat recollections.
Play as Mimi, exploring the dear recollections of your childhood and the instances shared together with your late grandmother. As previous meets current, confront your grownup selections with fond childhood recollections to uncover misplaced household secrets and techniques.
Discover Dordogne landscapes of a thousand summer time colours, inside luxurious hand-painted watercolor environments. Throughout your journey, recall the moments, the panoramas, the scents, the sounds, and the sensations. Recount these vivid recollections in your journal as a recollection of Mimi’s household previous that’s distinctive to your expertise and a nostalgic, touching reflection of your journey.
• Discover the beautiful landscapes of Dordogne in hand-painted watercolors
• Embark on a singular and heartwarming narrative expertise
• Awaken your senses as you discover childhood recollections
• Acquire photographs, sounds and smells to create your journal, distinctive to your journey