Svoboda 1945: Liberation, the upcoming Czech full-motion adventure about war, dictatorship and family traumas, arrives this August.
Svoboda 1945: Liberation is developed by Charles Games, a Prague-based studio focused on exploring the narrative possibilities of video games. This is also their second game, and the sequel to the critically acclaimed Apple Design Award nominee, Attentat 1942.
The game was also a prominent highlight at LudoNarraCon and blends adventure gameplay with full-motion video interviews and memories of people who lived through the chaos of the WW2 aftermath.
What is Svoboda 1945: Liberation?
Svoboda 1945: Liberation tells a personal story with real characters. Initially, you are sent to the small village of Svoboda to investigate a dispute. Soon, you realise the case is linked to the communist dictatorship that came after the end of World War II. While searching, you uncover a photograph of your grandfather but have no idea how or why he is involved.
Throughout your playthrough, you will relive memories by playing minigames and develop old photos that reveal tragic events. You must talk to a lot of witnesses. However, this isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. How do you start a conversation with someone who lost a friend on the battlefield? Or a woman who is returning to the place she was forcibly removed from as a child? You decide how you approach each situation, so hopefully, you make the right one.
Svoboda 1945 is also historically accurate. On top of using real people in the game, Charles Games developed the game alongside professional historians from the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Svoboda 1945: Liberation will be available on Steam on August 3rd. You can wishlist it here. If you want to keep up with all the latest updates, you can follow Charles Games on Twitter.