The lead writer behind Dragon Age: Origins, David Gaider, is currently working on a new project called Chorus. The game has been described by IGN as being part adventure and part interactive musical. The company behind the project Summerfall Studios released a trailer for the game showing off the story in a beautiful display of lyrical genius.
The story follows the protagonist, Grace as she attempts to discover the truth behind the murder of the muse of Epic Poetry, Caliope. The world of Chorus is one in which the Greek Gods are real and very much alive and Grace has become the new muse. The player must use their musical powers in order to prove Grace’s innocence in the murder and help numerous characters along the way.
In regards to how the songs play a part in the game, the Managing Director Liam Esler had this to say, “The big moments in the game are going to be during song,” “where an important decision needs to be made or a conflict occurs, or a relationship hits a pivotal point.” Players will form bonds with a myriad of gods from Greek Mythology such as Apollo, Persephone, Zeus, Hermes, and possibly more. The gods have been described as unable to fully cope with the modern world, with each deity dealing with a trauma that they cannot overcome.
David Gaider states that the muse’s power can, “draw someone into their song. And during the song, the player is building up momentum to try to create an effect on the actual world.” Players won’t solve conflicts through violence, but with song, building up a flow and then letting it go throughout the song. The game will include a branching narrative based on choices the player makes through dialogue. There is no known release date or console for Chorus because the game is currently in development and is being crowdfunded.