We are thrilled to partner with Focus Entertainment to offer A Plague Tale: Innocence for free on PC.

A Plague Tale: Innocence - free on PC with Gamestream’s Cloud Gaming Technology.



Forward

It’s a highly competitive market known for giving pride-of-place to console exclusives and technical prerequisites, excluding a significant portion of the gamer population. But now, some publishers are beginning to adopt more inclusive approaches in order to allow their catalogues of games to be discovered and appreciated by the general public. It is with this in mind that Focus Entertainment, the French publisher of internationally successful games — a listed company — has chosen Gamestream and its state-of-the-art Cloud Gaming solution to make its game catalogue accessible to as many people as possible.


The first game in their catalogue to benefit from this promotion is now the critically acclaimed /award winning, A Plague Tale: Innocence.



A Plague Tale : Innocence

Released in 2019 and, since then, massively acclaimed by both critics and audiences, A Plague Tale: Innocence has quickly established itself as a staple title on 8th & 9th gen consoles. With its impeccable artistic direction, narrative stakes, and captivating atmosphere, this title from Focus Entertainment has made it to the top of AA games that every good aficionado should have in their game library.


As a reminder, A Plague Tale: Innocence puts the player in the shoes of Amicia de Rune, a 15-year-old teenage girl from the nobility trying to protect her little brother in the heart of medieval France ravaged by the Black Death; a France rendered bloodless by the 100 Years War, as well as the Inquisition.

A Plague Tale : Innocence, Focus Entertainment - 2019


In addition, the game also has the ingenuity to offer gameplay accessible to newbies, since this new population relies, above all, on observation and planning before decision-making. These qualities have pushed a whole new audience of players to try this atypical experience that is A Plague Tale: Innocence, because they’re highly curious to see if they can overcome the winding path proposed through the 17 chapters of the game. This Game Design choice has undoubtedly been key to the success of the game since then — the summer of 2020 — because a year after the release of the title more than a million players around the world have played the main protagonist of A Plague Tale: Innocence.



Porting to Cloud Gaming via Gamestream

By transposing the experience offered by A Plague Tale: Innocence, Gamestream offers the first free playable PC demo on the Cloud, and gives new reach to the flagship title of Focus Entertainment by essentially allowing two things:


- First, the end of decades of dictatorship enforced by minimum system requirements necessary to run a game. Indeed, whether it's A Plague Tale: Innocence or another AA game with similar visual renderings, many people have had to give up embarking on certain video game experiences for lack of adequate equipment. Today these considerations are rendered obsolete by the technology offered by Gamestream. The strength of our Cloud solution lies precisely in its ability to run a game on a remote server, and not a local console or PC. Thanks to the Cloud, the acquisition of a game is no longer conditioned by technical or material considerations, but only by the pull of the player enjoying an unaltered gaming experience.


- The second horizon opened up by the arrival of the demo version of A Plague Tale: Innocence on the Cloud is the demographic, gradual, and significant shift in the profile of the typical AAA player. The (technical) accessibility of a game for the general public, combined with easy handling thanks to intuitive gameplay, make this game from Focus Entertainment a pioneer in updating accessibility for the aptly now named, "Casual Gamer”.


With the collapse of psychological and material barriers due to the arrival of Cloud Gaming, publishers like Focus Entertainment are now able to distribute their games on a larger scale. Now, a previously excluded audience suddenly finds itself within reach of new gaming experiences.


Thus, the cliché of the occasional gamer obsessed with puzzle-type games during his daily transport is doomed to gradually disappear over the next few years in favor of a new generation of “casual gamers” who have been able to launch themselves, without constraints, towards more titles thanks to Cloud Gaming.


The solutions put in place by players such as Gamestream and Focus Entertainment thus make it possible to federate and homogenize an audience of players of all stripes, by making access to video games democratic.



Perspective

Video games are, to date, the largest cultural industry in France, and generate more revenue than the film and music industries combined. The need to have access to good quality video games is more necessary than ever in a market where the average age of the player is around 40.


Today's gamers therefore have a solid gaming background and want to diversify their experience - unlike the awkward groping of the casual gamers of 10 years ago. The advent of the smartphone in the 2010s made it possible to open up a new population of gamers by providing them with easy-to-access titles such as Candy Crush, Angry Birds, and even Fruit Ninja. With this decade of learning coming to an end, seasoned mobile & casual gamers are now turning to new ways of consuming video games, whether it’s through content or how they can experience gaming on a daily basis.


The arrival of the demo version of A Plague Tale: Innocence on the Cloud is therefore the prelude to a surge of mainstream games on Gamestream's servers. Now they can be tested, practiced, and enjoyed by an audience that continues to grow, and who currently make up nearly 40% of the world's population.


=> Discover the universe of A Plague Tale: Innocence in the Cloud Gaming version right now, with one click on the official Focus Entertainment page !


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