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THE GAME

Sometime in the late 2000s, Howard James Wright, an old but kind man, passes away. Left behind are all the relics of a long and interesting life. Books, pictures and journals, memories - the dust and debris of an adventurous youth - and Sarah, his granddaughter.

Left to shoulder the arduous task of clearing out her grandfather's attic, she is soon to find that not everything is as it seems.

What Never Was is a short, story-driven first-person game focused on exploration and puzzle-solving.

It is inspired by the gameplay of Myst and classic point-and-click games, a touch of Indiana Jones and The Longest Journey and borrows themes from norse mythology and the work of H.P. Lovecraft.

A GAME MADE BY ACKE HALLGREN

I've been in the video games-industry for some time now, but this is the first time I publish a game that is, for all intents and purposes, my very own.

Obviously, it is a passion project, one which I have been tending for quite some time. What initially started as a 3D-environment exercise has now slowly blossomed into this: The first level of a game which was never really meant to be.

Thanks to Unreal 4 and with the support of a small band of creative people (listed below), I have created this small slice of digital entertainment.

This slice of what is now the story of Sarah is very dear to my heart and, should you choose to play, I truly hope you enjoy it. The response and feedback post release has been overwhelming and while I never thought it would - who knows, maybe Sarah's adventure will continue?

CAST & SUPPORT

Michaela Gilchrist

Voice Actor (Sarah)

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Adrian Ulvsgärd

Voice Actor (Howard)

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Alice Rendell

Additional writing

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Otto Klevnäs Klang

Illustrations

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Mario Ramos Santos

Hand model and animation

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Tomas Almgren

Music mixing

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Mia Matsson

Web Design

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ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Egypt Photographs taken by

Jean-Claude Latombe


Playtesting and support

Rasmus Friberg

Tobias Nyman

Joakim Ohlsson

Björn Wadmark

Karl Gärsner

Malin Nilsson

Anton Johansson & Caroline Wiens

Lotta & Mark Forster

Linda Leveau

Henrik Irskog

Matteo Sandén

Dan Peake

Mårten Stockhaus

Chris Radsby

Mathew O'Halloran

Steven Chelton

Carrie Sloane

Franco Freda

Alisa Nylund

Ben Wilson