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Polaris of Enlightenment

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Polaris of Enlightenment

Icelandic video game to be released next year

Published 11 May 2024
- By Editorial Staff
The witch Brynhildur fights to restore balance to the Isle of the Winds.

A new computer game based on Iceland’s rich folklore and historical legends will be released internationally next year.

The game, Eyja vindanna, or Island of the Winds, follows the witch Brynhildur in an open world where the player must discover what happened to her people. The story spans several centuries and begins when she returns to her home valley to find it abandoned and cursed. The journey will be the witch’s greatest test, and she must battle the darkness to restore balance to the Isle of Winds.

“The darkness is spreading through nature, altering the balance of the world”, is how the story is described on the website of game developer Parity Games.

Some of the inspiration is said to come from Iceland’s fjords, particularly Ísafjarðardjúp.

“The core game includes a rich history, extensive lore and intriguing puzzles, as well as legendary creatures, sorcery and a special focus on empathic encounters”, the game developer said in a segment on Icelandic national broadcaster RUV.

The Island of the Winds has been in development since 2019, and this year an agreement was signed with publisher ESDigital Games. The company plans to launch the game on the international market early next year, both for PC and consoles. It will be available in seven languages.

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