On August 23, Creative Europe posted a List of Selected Projects that included grants awarded to several games in development.
Among the successful projects are previously unrevealed titles from developers Cyanide Studio (Styx: Shards of Darkness) and The Chinese Room (Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture).
The Chinese Room project is listed as Little Orpheus, which could be the final title for the eagerly-anticipated Total Dark, an isometric adventure RPG designed around a “free-floating” camera. Evidence exists to support the supposition that Little Orpheus is the current build for Total Dark, in the form of an update on The Chinese Room’s website from July last year. The post confirms Creative Europe’s involvement in the project as well as revealing that Total Dark will not be the final title.
Little Orpheus could alternatively be the name of The Chinese Room’s other work-in-progress: So Let Us Melt. Described as a Google Daydream virtual reality game, So Let Us Melt was envisioned following the successful VR port of an earlier project, Dear Esther. Speculation aside, Creative Europe has invested 50% of Little Orpheus’s total funding.
Cyanide Studio, meanwhile, has received 16% of the development costs for a game listed as Werewolf – Earth Blood which could be the working title for the upcoming adaptation of the tabletop role-playing game Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Basing the game on a classic tabletop RPG is in keeping with one of the developer’s current upcoming releases Call of Cthulhu.
11 Bit Studios (This War of Mine) is also mentioned within the document for the mysteriously titled Dreamtime. Little is known about Dreamtime other than the fact it will focus on ‘mature themes’ and is a separate release from the upcoming Frostpunk. Since the initial leak, 11 Bit Studios has announced that Dreamtime is a working title for a game “totally different” to its predecessors that will be led by former The Witcher designer Artur Ganszyniec.
Other projects included in Creative Europe’s listing are Elex 2, a sequel to the unreleased post-apocalyptic RPG Elex from Piranha Bytes; Dead in Vinland, a sequel to 2015 survival title Dead in Bermuda; and SuperLatent, an apparently new IP from The Pillars of the Earth developer Daedalic Entertainment.