Mental health care has improved dramatically over the past 50 or so years, but The Town of Light aims to explore a time when it was not so good. Set in the real-life Volterra Psychiatric Asylum in Tuscany, the game promises an exact visual depiction of the shuttered institution, which was closed by the Italian government in the 1970s.
The game sees you assume the role of Renée, a former inmate who's returned to the ruins of the facility to piece together her past. The developer – which is made up of ex-film and CG producers – says that the game has been inspired by real events, and thus it carries the disclaimer that it's an adult-only experience; it looks seriously dark.
"The game has some difficult moments making it unsuitable for children, but moments which we felt were important to include, doing justice to those who suffered at the hands of a system which was clearly overwhelmed and itself didn't know all of the answers," art director and screenwriter Luca Dalcò told the PlayStation Blog.
Incredibly, the rundown facility is still standing today, and looks just about as harrowing as you'd expect. This sounds like dark material and will be an acquired taste, but video games have the unique power of enabling you to experience things you wouldn't be able to under normal circumstances, and so while this may prove challenging to play, we're eager to see it through all the same.