Sometimes someone tells you a story, a story so good, crazy or weird that it’s hard to believe it actually happened.
We are making a game called Welcome to Elk about these exact stories, but it’s also about the storytellers. We value the importance of storytellers, those who carry the tales of others and share them. The tall tales in the game are real stories told by real people.
That’s why, in Welcome to Elk, you will also meet the living storytellers who inspired us to make this game, like my brother Lauge. He grew up in Denmark but traveled the world and lived in places like Greenland, rural California and many other places that made for good story material!
We have changed the names and places in the real stories, most of them are write-ups from transcripts of Lauge telling the story to the team behind Welcome to Elk (often over more than a few beers).
In the game you will explore a fictional island stitched together with true stories through the eyes of Frigg, a young carpenter trading their busy life in the city for an apprenticeship in a small and extremely isolated town. When she arrives in Elk, Frigg worries the slower pace of life will be boring (they don’t even have the internet), but quickly discovers nothing could be further from the truth!
Besides the many stories, Welcome to Elk also offers different mini-games that go with the adventures – like pouring a beer as a barkeeper, decorating balloons to help a good friend remember what their parents look like, karaoke down memory lane or transporting a frozen body – there is a lot going on!
As you might have guessed by the last point, things in Welcome to Elk are not all sunshine. The stories reflect the drama of our lives, on Elk it’s known that humour, love and death go hand in hand. Life may seem hard sometimes, but it is always followed by laughter.
I hope you enjoyed the first look at Welcome to Elk that is coming to Xbox One later this year! If you have wild stories to share yourself or have heard some that are too good to be true, please share them with us on our Discord www.tripletopping.com/discord – we are always on the lookout for the next tall tale!