Eloquence Presskit

FactsheetDescription
Developer:
Multiverse Narratives
Based in Groningen, The Netherlands

Press / Business contact:
gerben@eloquencegame.com
Eloquence blurb:
Learn a fully functional symbol language by interacting with three different cultures that settled on an active volcano! Collect and apply phrases and words you may not immediately understand, and discover that language is an expression of humanity.
Platforms:
– PC/MAC
– Android/iOS
– Nintendo Switch

Projected release date:
Q2 2021, pending funding
About Multiverse Narratives:
Multiverse Narratives delivers narrative content that surprises, stimulates, and connects people. All of these elements conjoin in Eloquence, the first title fully designed by this one-man operation. Multiverse Narratives provides narrative design and game writing services, and is specialised in emergent narratives, worldbuilding, and linguistics.
Website:
http://eloquencegame.com

Newsletter signup:
https://mailchi.mp/fdcb4c042eaa/eloquence

Social:
twitter.com/GameEloquence
Skype

Address:
Cantharel 3
9685EA Blauwestad
The Netherlands



Multiverse Narratives projects:
(commissioned narrative design/game writing)
We Were Here Together
Lake
Keeko
Juniverse
Mahjong Crimes
Eloquence gameplay:
Eloquence is a point-and-click language puzzle game. You learn to understand and eventually express yourself in a symbol language. The languages found in Eloquence are living and are used by the characters inhabiting the world. Test collected phrases and words on NPCs and study their response, to find out what the symbols mean.

Each of Eloquence’s languages contains varied linguistic features that can be found in natural languages from all over the world. There is no writing in the game other than the symbol languages. The game uses visuals and sound to enhance communication with the player.

All conflicts and obstacles in Eloquence are cleared by using communication instead of violence. Eloquence furthermore has the mission to show that languages differ far less than you might expect, and that language is part of being human.

Players build on the linguistic knowledge they’ve accumulated so far, and may apply newly assembled phrases to NPCs they’ve visited before to discover their own micro-narratives that weave a story web of history and characters’ experiences that connect a culture.

We want Eloquence to start a discussion on language and its place in the world – which is ultimately a discussion on humanity and mutual understanding.

Video’s

Most recent build of the Eloquence prototype, as exhibited at EGX2019’s Leftfield Collection:

Presentation of the Eloquence prototype at GDC2019’s Experimental Gameplay Workshop:

Screenshots/Images

GIF from the previous prototype

Logo

Recognition

  • Selected for Experimental Gameplay Workshop (GDC2019, San Francisco – USA)
  • Selected for a sponsored booth at the Holland Pavilion (Gamescom 2019, Cologne – Germany)
  • Selected for the Leftfield Collection (EGX 2019, London – UK)
  • Selected for the European Game Showcase (GDC2020, San Francisco – USA)

Selected Articles

  • “[T]he difference between [t]his game and other games where you decipher a language […] is that those games are about what words mean, and Eloquence is about how they’re used. He pointed out that in learning a culture’s language, you can know what all the words in a sentence mean but not understand how the person’s using it.”
    – Tom Francis, Rock Paper Shotgun
  • “It works rather well and after ten minutes of playing around, we advance faster. [W]e take pleasure in cutting and gluing the [language] pieces to express ourselves [in the game. W]e have already been able to solve the sort of puzzles as you’d encounter in a classic point & click game, while using [Eloquence’s] original game system (for example, picking up an apple from a merchant to exchange it for a fish, and giving food to a guard).”
    – Thomas Gibert, Factornews (translated from French)
  • “At the end of the game, you master the foreign symbolic language. The concept of Eloquence is very interesting and shows how language is used and can be learned. I can highly recommend the game[.]”
    – Claudia Wendt, Games und Lyrik
  • “[Eloquence] was one of the best experiences I had at EGX. […] I just sat down at this weird looking game and I was, like, there’s pictograms. Okay[.] And it just, by the end [makes explosion sound]. My brain was somewhere on the back wall.”
    – Amy Kate Alexander, Words about Games (YouTube video)
Team/CollaboratorsCompany Contact
Game/Narrative Design:
Gerben Grave
Inquiries:
gerben@multiverse-narratives.com
Production/Project Management: 
Thomas Jager
Web:
https://multiverse-narratives.com
Art: 
Samma van Klaarbergen
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/MultiNarratives
Animation: 
Steffi Kick
Linkedin:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerbengrave/
Sound Design: 
Jelmer Althuis
Facebook (inactive):
https://www.facebook.com/MultiverseNarratives/
Programming lead: 
Luc van den Brand

Additional programming: 
Leroy Freeth
Visiting Address:
Game Bakery Cooperative
Europaweg 8
9723AS Groningen
The Netherlands