Prepare for an epic journey of magic and monsters through the Land of Ice and Fire, inspired by Iceland’s spell-binding folklore, set to launch on PS5 and PC in 2022
September 16th, 2021 – Reykjavík, Iceland – Independent developer Parity is excited to announce that its debut title, story-driven mythical adventure game, Island of Winds, is coming to PlayStation 5 and PC in 2022. Island of Winds transports players to 17th century Iceland, plunging them into a magical world teeming with trolls, giant spiders and mythical creatures. Players will experience all of this through the eyes of the magic-wielding Brynhild, a member of the Balance Keepers who draws her magical power from the natural world.
Island of Winds is an adventure puzzle game set in an ethereal open world filled with creatures from the myths and legends of Icelandic folklore. Brynhild’s journey has her on a quest to find her mentor, Hrymja, that will take her through nine incredible landscapes that draw on Iceland’s stunning natural beauty. These locations range from the fiery Lava of Skjól to the treacherous Jökla lagoon and gleaming Obsidian Shore. Brynhild will face legendary creatures on her journey, such as the powerful and majestic Bear King, Hafgúfa – Guardian of the Sea and the majestic elven lady Vör of the Oasis. Island of Winds’ core gameplay is at the centre of these encounters, which focuses on rich story-telling, extensive lore, and intriguing puzzles. Spell-casting, combat or unique empathy-based encounters systems are all available to the player as they must make split-second decisions on whether to resolve engagements by peaceful or violent means.
“Island of Winds draws heavily on Iceland’s rich mythology to give gamers a completely new and captivating experience,” said Parity CEO Maria Guðmundsdóttir. “Iceland’s incredible, diverse landscape is the perfect backdrop for Brynhild’s adventures as she encounters a range of unique creatures on her travels. We’re looking forward to revealing more about the world, its inhabitants and main protagonist Brynhild in the coming months.”
- Nine gorgeous biomes to explore, each based on a unique emotion
- Story-driven gameplay which explores Icelandic history, as well as Brynhild’s past
- Encounter an incredible cast of never-before-seen creatures drawn from Icelandic folklore
- An empathy-based encounter system that allows conflicts to be resolved peacefully
- A magical open world environment full of secrets and mysteries for the player to discover
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About Parity Creative House
Island of Winds is the debut title from Parity Creative House, a female-led Icelandic studio founded in 2017 by industry veterans from renowned developers CCP Games and RVX. Parity was established to shape the future of games through a diverse range of people and ideas, bringing visions to life with more variety and parity than ever before. This ethos is woven into Island of Winds as its tale has Brynhild explore themes such as belonging, self-doubt, and regret through its character interactions, story quests and environmental storytelling.