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‘Stray Gods’ Combines Video Games, Greek Gods, and Musicals

A new video game is on the horizon, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Stray Gods is a hand drawn 2D animated roleplaying game, but it’s also a musical. That is, a full Broadway style musical in which characters pour their hearts out over song, all while you’re navigating their choices — choices that will affect how the songs change and progress into different variations. It’s the first game that’s ever done anything like this, and it’s quite a feat to have accomplished.

David Gaider, who wrote for Dragon Age, originally crowdfunded Stray Gods (named “Chorus” at the time) back in 2019 on the platform Fig. It was a success, raising a little over $690,000 of its $600,000 goal with 6,018 backers.

Now, he’s teamed up with Liam Esler and Elie Young to create the game studio Summerfall Studios, and they’ve just released a brand new trailer showcasing Stray God’s brilliant new world.

The official description describes Stray Gods as “an epic tale of gods, magic, and a millennium-long journey to rediscover one’s purpose.”

The game is set in a “modern fantasy” world in which Greek gods hide among humans. We play as Grace, a college dropout who one day is gifted with mystical powers of The Muse, giving her the ability to persuade through music. However… The Gods have also accused her of murder. Depending on the player’s choices, she can charm or fight her way through seeking the truth.

In addition to a trailer, Stray Gods recently held a live streamed concert in which its voice talent showcased live performances of several songs from the game. There were many, many familiar faces.

Laura Bailey, who stars as Grace, performed alongside her fellow former “The Last of Us” stars, Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, and Merle Dandridge. Also on the cast list are Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Ghost in the Shell), Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”), Felicia Day (Dragon Age: Redemption), Rahul Kohli (iZombie), Erika Ishii (Apex Legends), Anjali Bhimani (Overwatch), and Anthony Rapp (“Rent”) among others. (You can find the full list here!)

The music is also composed by Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory (Journey, Banner Saga), Tripod (musicians Scott Edgar, Steven Gates, and Simon Hall) and Eurovision Australia’s Montaigne (Jess Cerro).

Fans are getting excited, commemorating the star cast and creativity of the idea. Some describe it as a mix of musicals like “Hadestown” and games like Life is Strange.

The Games Steam Page describes it as, “Fully orchestrated and performed by an all-star cast, you’ll feel as though you’re right there on the stage. With thousands of potential variations based on your choices, you’ll craft the soundtrack to your own one-of-a-kind musical experience. No two playthroughs are the same – how will the curtain fall? A video game for musical lovers, and a musical for video game lovers, Stray Gods is a compelling story of hope, self-discovery, and forging your path.”

Stray Gods releases August 3rd, 2023 for PC.

 

By Caileigh Winslade, Senior, ChiArts

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Written by Caileigh Winslade

I'm your local writer, video editor, and game designer, but when I'm not creating things I'm probably fueling my rhythm game addiction or cuddling one of my four cats.

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