Essays on Empathy Tells Ten Bite-Sized Tales May 2021

Deconstructeam and Devolver Digital have announced Essays on Empathy, a new collection of ten short, narrative-focused games featuring the developer's characteristic pixel art flair.

Published: April 29, 2021 2:04 PM /


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Deconstructeam and Devolver Digital have announced Essays on Empathy, a collection of ten bite-sized games that's making its way to Steam next month.

In Essays on Empathy, gamers get to explore ten "unique, offbeat tales" about a variety of subjects surrounding life. One such example is De Tres al Cuarto, a short experience that's all about a pair of comedians trying to find some kind of success in the world. Other stories include a hitman working at a flower shop and a schoolgirl who is convinced that her skeleton isn't hers.

Essays on Empathy was developed by Deconstructream, the same team of people who created Gods Will Be Watching and The Red Strings Club. Based on those previous two games, this team of game developers has a knack for telling interesting narrative tales featuring vibrant pixel art.

There will be more than just the games, too — the game will feature "Premium Collector's Bonus Content" that includes sketches, design insights, and a mini-documentary that was specifically created for this collection of ten narrative-focused games.

There isn't much more that we know about the individual games, but Devolver Digital says in a press release that you can expect to get about 5 hours total out of the entire experience. With ten games in all, that averages out to roughly 30 minutes per game.

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When is the Essays on Empathy Release Date?

The Essays on Empathy release date will be May 18, 2021. No price has been announced just yet.

If you're looking for an interesting new narrative experience, you can add Essays on Empathy to your wishlist on Steam. We're not quite sure if this game will be launching on other platforms in the future, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it end up on consoles eventually.

What do you think of Essays on Empathy? What's your favorite narrative-focused game from an indie developer? Let us know in the comments below!

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