June 26, 2022
Gerda: A Flame in Winter

If you like gripping and in-depth video games, Gerda: A Flame in Winter is one to watch.

Gerda: A Flame in Winter, the first third-party game to be published by Dontnod, tells the story of the titular Gerda Larsen during World War II. Developed by the Danish studio PortaPlay, it is set in the Danish village of Tinglev at a time when it is under German occupation.

For Gerda it means a time of uncertainty, but so far her life is as normal as possible. She kisses her husband before he goes to work, then goes to work herself, as a nurse at a local clinic. Unfortunately, things don’t stay normal and peaceful for long.

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Shortly after Gerda: A Flame in Winter begins, Gerda returns home to find her husband arrested by the Gestapo. However, he has left some important documents for Gerda to find, and with the knowledge she gains from them, it seems that the future of her village depends on her actions.

Set in the middle of World War II, Gerda: A Flame in Winter is therefore a true war story, but one without a fight. Instead, Gerda will battle her personality; by using insight, compassion and her wits she will be able to shape what happens in the course of the game.

You see, every dialogue choice Gerda makes has an impact. For example, empathizing with a German can increase her position among the German population. But going against them will be to her advantage with the Danish people she meets. The way you choose her to interact with the people she meets will ultimately affect the course of the game.

It’s not all a conversation, of course. As Gerda, you explore Tinglev and find helpful resources and useful bits of information. Much of the environment around you is interactive, with landmarks lighting up as Gerda approaches.

And this is a world that is a joy to explore. The unique art style feels like a living painting. Everything has a dreamy, oil painting effect and it makes for a very appealing visual experience.

Watch the announcement trailer below:

However, what intrigues us most about Gerda: A Flame in Winter is that it is based on a true story. Gerda’s character is inspired by the grandmother of Hans von Knut Skovfoged, head of development at PortaPlay. She was a Danish resistance fighter, just like Gerda.

If this sounds like something you’d like to play, don’t wait too long. It will land on PC and Switch on September 1.

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