In 2019, former Dragon Age head writer David Gaider revealed his new studio, Summerfall Studios, and his first project, a mythological musical adventure game called Chorus. A lot has changed since then, including the title, which was re-revealed today by publisher Humble Games as Stray Gods: The RPG Musical.
Stray Gods is set in a “modern fantasy world” and follows the story of Grace, who is granted the power of a muse that allows her to attract others to musical numbers. But it’s not all music and dance: she receives power after the last muse of Greek mythology dies in her arms and finds herself drawn into a secret world of gods and monsters, who live hidden among humanity. In this new life, she must navigate a world full of “hilarious, enigmatic and charming characters” and unravel the mystery of her predecessor’s death.
We noted when the game was first announced that it wasn’t an RPG, which was a bit unexpected given the background of Gaider and Summerfall co-founder Liam Esler, whose previous credits include Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Pillars of Eternity – all RPGs. The new title reflects how design and development have changed since then.
“There were many reasons why we wanted to change the name. But the main motivation was that as the project grew beyond what we originally envisioned, we felt it needed a new name that better fit the game’s tone and themes.” Summerfall executive producer Elie Young said. “We realized that what we were doing was less of an adventure game and more of a roleplaying game – not an RPG in the conventional sense, but a game truly based on choice of roleplaying, dialogue and music. We felt that Stray Gods : The Roleplaying Musical It’s a much better reflection of what we’re doing and where we want Summerfall Studios to go in the future.”
And luckily, Stray Gods retains its impressive cast of collaborators, including Gaider, songwriter Austin Wintory, and voice actors Troy Baker and Laura Bailey.
A successful 2019 crowdfunding campaign in FIG estimated that Stray Gods – then known as Chorus – would leave in late 2021. That ship obviously departed, but Young said in a blog post that the new partnership with Humble Games will have no impact on orders and rewards, which will remain “the same and valid”. A new release date has yet to be announced, but Stray Gods is now available to wishlist at Steam.