Asobo Studio has revealed that A Plague Tale: Innocence, its intriguingly grim "single-player co-op" adventure, is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on May 14th.

A Plague Tale follows the tribulations of Amicia and her sickly 5-year-old brother Hugo, children of a nobleman, both forced to flee their castle home with the Inquisition in full pursuit. As they attempt to navigate a fog-shrouded, plague-ridden 14th century France, danger comes in the form of writhing, ravenous rat hordes, invading English soldiers, and the aforementioned Inquisition - with avoidance forming the basis for the game's stealthy, dual-character puzzling.

But while the mood is bleak, Asobo hopes that the central relationship between the two siblings - apparently somewhat influenced by The Last of Us - will give the game its soul.

When Edwin Evans-Thirwell took a look at A Plague Tale last year, he noted that, despite a lack of resources and polish compared to its triple-A brethren, "the world it portrays is captivatingly grim and grounded, alternating between a spectral hush and unholy, writhing activity".

In the run-up to A Plague Tale's May 14th release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, publisher Focus Home Interactive is going behind-the-scenes in a new video series. You can watch the first episode, in which Asobo discusses the familial relationship at the heart of the game, above.

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