Fellow Traveller has announced the 2022 return of LudoNarraCon, the narrative games festival designed to celebrate leading and emerging storytellers in games. The fourth annual event will take place from 5 May to 9 May 2022, and will feature a number of online panels, game demos, sales and celebrations for a range of indie developers.
This year there’ll be twelve major panels to tune into online, featuring a range of international talents including Daniel Mullins (Inscryption), Lucas Pope (Return of the Obra Dinn, Papers, Please) and Hannah Nicklin (Mutazione).
Here are a few of the panel highlights:
- The Art of the Twist – featuring Tanya X. Short (Boyfriend Dungeon), Sarah Northway (I Was a Teenage Exocolonist), Greg Lobanov (Chicory: A Colorful Tale) and Sam Barlow (Telling Lies, Her Story)
- Innovating the Detective Genre in Narrative – featuring Tim Sheinman (Echo Beach), Lucas Pope, Mark Brown (GMTK) and Victor Breum (Gneiss)
- Shocking Developments: Subverting Expectations with Game Stories – featuring Richard Rouse III (The Suffering), Xalavier Nelson Jr. (Hypnospace Outlaw), Heather Albano (A Study in Steampunk: Choice by Gaslight) and Anthony Johnston (Resident Evil Village)
There’ll be 42 exhibiting narrative games in total, and each will be given behind-the-scenes looks and livestreams during LudoNarraCon. Many will also have playable demos, allowing everyone a swift glimpse at what’s in store.
So far confirmed to have demos during the show are Before Your Eyes and Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly, which will appear alongside 30+ other game demos.
Citizen Sleeper, a TTRPG-inspired adventure through a cyberpunk dystopia ruled by capitalism, will also be launched during LudoNarraCon, with developer Jump Over the Age on hand for a commentary stream, fireside chat, and other celebrations.
In addition, narrative game fans will be delighted to learn that LudoNarraCon will also play host to a massive Steam sale featuring a number of choice pics from across the beloved genre.
The entire show will be live via Steam from 5 May to 9 May 2022, with keen gaming fans encouraged to hop in for all the panels, livestreams, demos and first looks throughout the four-day showcase.
You can find out more about LudoNarraCon at its website hub here.