Image: LKA Games
‘Martha is Dead’ is dark psychological thriller that mixes superstition with the horrors of war to tell a story of loss and mystery.
Image: LKA Games
Martha is Dead is a dark psychological thriller from the creators of The Town of Light. In this upcoming title, Lka Games and Wired Production “mix superstition with the horrors of war to tell a story of loss and mystery”.
Martha is Dead is a first-person dark psychological thriller which combines disturbing and dreamlike tones with a mix of history, superstition and psychological distress. My kind of game!
The story is set in Tuscany, 1944. As conflict intensifies between German and Allied forces, the body of a woman is found drowned.
Now, it’s up to her twin sister to not only deal with the trauma of loss, but also to uncover the truth behind the brutal murder. The creators added a good dose of mysterious folklore and war to keep you at the edge of your seat.
Martha Is Dead was initially announced at Gamescon 2019. In an interview with Game Reactor, LKA founder Luca Dalcò explained why the protagonist is a girl from a rich family, despite most games from that era depicting poverty:
“We wanted to adopt another point of view. The distress of the child is not based on poverty or [financial problems]. Instead, it’s based on fragility and psychological weakness”.
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When asked if it was challenging to transform the beautiful Tuscany into a terrifying scene, Dalcò explained that there are “dark paths in Tuscany”, and that the country’s “disturbing folklore” was added to the mix.
Speaking to Games Radar, Dalcò said that ray-tracing specifications “are incredibly exciting” to work with, “particularly for us is the additional graphical power and inclusion of ray-tracing architecture”.
Dalcò added that’s “one of the most important advances in visual capability” and that the LKA team “were waiting for it”. He then explained that the studio wanted Martha Is Dead to be one of the year’s “most realistic games”.
In addition, the high level of graphical detail is crucial to telling the game’s story, particularly because the game is designed to “deeply unsettle” players. It is a psychological thriller after all…
An exact date has not yet been confirmed at this stage, but Martha is Dead will be released on Xbox Series X and on Steam for PC in 2021.
We don’t know much more about Martha Is Dead, other than the information released in the trailer, which admittedly, is a bit vague but just enough to keep us intrigued and wanting for more.
Disclaimer: I’m waiting to hear from the publishers about taking the game for a trial run. I will report back with more information in due course.
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