LAST DAY OF JUNE
Developer Ovosonico Publisher 505 Games Format PC, PS4 Release August 31
Credit where it’s due: 505 Games has come a long way since the Cooking
Mama days. After the likes of Payday 2 and Abzû, and with Alan Wake developer Remedy recently signing up, the publisher is on something of a roll.
Last Day Of June may not hold quite that profile, but it’s further proof that 505 is quietly becoming a vital, discerning publishing partner for the indie scene. Helmed by Murasaki Baby director Massimo Guarini and inspired by a song by Steven Wilson, Last Day Of June tells of an elderly man whose wife dies in a car crash. He discovers he can time-travel through her paintings, and relives her final hours in an attempt to alter history by preventing the fateful crash. Heartfelt, plaintive and with a charming, mock-stop-motion style, this was a welcome, quiet antidote to the cacophony of the E3 show floor.