Fractured Minds, a first-person puzzle adventure game highlighting the impact of mental health issues, launched today digitally on PC, Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 4 Entertainment System, and Xbox One. The immersive and emotionally-fueled project is published by Wired Productions and now available for £1.79 / €1.99 / $1.99, with 80% of the proceeds going to Ms. Mitchell and Safe In Our World, a new games industry charity dedicated to raising and supporting mental health awareness.
Fractured Minds comes from the imagination of 2017 BAFTA Young Games Designers award winner, Emily Mitchell, who at 17 years-old found solace through game development. Inspired by Emily’s personal journey through severe anxiety Fractured Minds seeks to create greater understanding and stand in solidarity with mental health sufferers around the world. Players will embark on a deeply personal and emotional journey through the human psyche. Exploring atmospheric and thought-provoking chapters, each symbolizing a different aspect or challenge associated with mental health — from isolation to anxiety, with everyday situations becoming distorted beyond recognition.
The game can be glimpsed in the new launch trailer unveiled today:
The game’s developer Emily Mitchell explains:
I created Fractured Minds to help those who suffer from anxiety and other mental health issues feel they’re not alone. The effects of illness can be invisible from the outside, yet debilitating to those affected, so it’s important to continue raising awareness and offering support. I am grateful for the support I’ve received and want to help others however I can.
Safe In Our World is a new mental health charity for the video games community with the goal of raising awareness of mental health issues among gamers and creators and affecting positive change within the industry. Supported by industry luminaries and ambassadors across the world, its mission is to create a digital destination where sufferers can seek help, gain access to resources and information, and discover stories from real people within and surrounding the games industry.
Gina Jackson, Trustee for Safe In Our World explains:
Fractured Minds shows how great talent can develop incredible experiences that can change how we all feel and identify with mental health. It can create debate, empathy and allows us to walk in the shoes of others. Safe In Our World is honoured to be a beneficiary as we support Emily and her poignant project. We are passionate about shedding light and destigmatizing mental health conditions while helping the game playing and development community come together in support of one another.
- BAFTA award-winning indie game exploring matters of mental health
- Interactive environments to overcome though challenges and puzzles across 6 levels, each inspired by real-life obstacles
- Explore the emotions surrounding emptiness, anxiety, depression and paranoia with hope
- Enjoy a rich and immersive soundtrack including “Silence” provided kindly by Kai Engel
- A thought-provoking experience about what it means to live with mental health
- Giving back via 80% of proceeds split equally between Emily Mitchell and Safe In Our World
Developed by Emily Mitchell with global publishing by Wired Productions, Fractured Minds is available for £1.79 / €1.99 / $1.99 on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. The game is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.
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