Whilst there may not be a horror video game tradition in Italy, some Italian developers have been exploring this genre over the last years.
After discovering Uncharted 4‘s Etruscan “Sarcophagus of the Spouses”, based on the models on display at the National Etruscan Museum housed in Villa Giulia, Rome, and at the Louvre Museum in Paris, we decided to investigate the references to the Etruscan civilization that can be found in videogames.
The apps Art Stories let children discover Italian cities combining education and interactivity. Through tablets and smartphones it is possible to find out stories and curiosities about some Italian famous locations – such as the Sforza Castle and the Milan Cathedral – and cities all over the world.
The small town of Triora provides fertile ground for creative endeavors: the complex cultural and narrative background of the Ligurian village offers a fascinating setting for a videogame.
The big international publishers have started to rediscover Italy in the past few years. Uncharted 4, Final Fantasy XV, Gears of War 4: just a glimpse of the latest blockbusters set in or inspired by the Italian territory.
The variety of the video game industry comes also from small projects, realised by individual developers. Like Udine – Le ali spezzate.
Museums have now become the latest access point for video game storytelling, starting from the heritage they preserve. IVIPRO aims to extend its database by including some important Italian museums.