Whitethorn Games and independent developer Brian Wilson have released their inspired by true events environmental thriller, The Forest Cathedral on PC and Xbox. Dig into the research of the harmful pesticide DDT and experience a story inspired by the real work of scientist Rachel Carson.
Players will dive into the role of Rachel, who has started a field research position on the mysterious Science Island. Inspiration for the island’s look is taken from the Forest Cathedral found in Cook Forest State Park. The game’s story unfolds as a dramatic reimagining of Carson’s environmental science book Silent Spring.
As Rachel completes her weekly tasks, she begins to notice that something is not quite right. Slowly through the use of advanced environmental technology, the horrific effects of the pesticide are revealed. Completing puzzles that combine 3D explorations and 2D platforming will uncover the secrets on the island and surge in the dying wildlife. No matter what happens the truth must come out, even if there are many trying to silence it.
Gameplay occurs in both 3D and 2D environments. Players control Rachel Carson in the 3D world and inside of the 2D platforming world of the advanced environmental scanning tools, players control the Little Man. The island is covered in a dense forest of trees and is packed with animals, fish, and insects, all of which are impacted by DDT use. An original soundtrack provides background music along with a fully voiced narrative aids a player’s investment in the history and attempted silencing of Carson.
The Forest Cathedral is available on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store and on the Xbox Series X|S for $14.99. For additional information visit the game’s product page at whitethorngames.com/the-forest-cathedral.
Whitethorn Games (@WhitethornGames Twitter, @whitethorngames Facebook, YouTube) is an indie game publisher from Erie, Pennsylvania. The publisher focuses on cozy titles that can be played in pieces and are games that anyone can pick up and play. Currently the company’s portfolio contains more than 20 games including their first title Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator.
Brian Wilson (@BlanketsWilson Twitter, Linkedin) is an independent game developer and environmental artist. Wilson is also the Business Development Lead at Whitethorn Games. Where the Bees Make Honey is Wilson’s first commercial game and The Forest Cathedral is his most recent title.