New Trailer Reveals Release Date for Noir-Inspired Horror Game The Piano

The noir-influenced horror title The Piano is heading to Steam on May 24, Mistaken Visions and Game If You Are today revealed.

Mistaken announced the official release date for its debut indie title in a new trailer (seen below). According to the German-based studio, The Piano will cost $9.99 at launch.

The Piano is set after the events of the First World War and takes players to the city of Paris, France, where they take control of John Barnerway. John is accused of the murder of his three famous brothers — George, Louis and Valentine — and must take to the streets of Paris to find answers to the crime.

Described as an “ambitious indie horror” title, The Piano features around eight hours of content and a full voice-over cast for its characters.

Jonathan Stemmildt, who is the studio head and lead designer at Mistaken, said the aim of The Piano is to “create a different kind of horror game: one inspired as much by film noir as by Silent Hill, and whose adventure tells players a deeply personal and intimate story.”

Stemmildt and his development team at Mistaken have said that The Piano is a project five years in the making.

“Five years ago, I had the idea of making a horror game that wasn’t just about the scares, but which featured a deep and personal story that players could become emotionally invested in,” Stemmildt said.

“It was my first game and I never really expected much to come of it — but suddenly, something I dreamed about for years is becoming reality and time is just flying by. It feels great!”

Game If You Are director Lewis Denby, who is also a producer for The Piano, added: “I first discovered The Piano eighteen months ago. When Jonathan sent me an early demo, I found a game that had an atmosphere and personality unlike anything I’d ever played before — and since then, Jonathan and I have kept collaborating on occasion, slowly nudging it towards completion.

“It’s been great working together, and I think the results speak for themselves. Together, we’ve taken Mistaken Visions’ already extraordinary work and started adding that extra layer of polish. We can’t wait to see what people think of the game when it releases next month!”