Verne: The Shape of Fantasy – Announcement

Posted on 02 Jul 2022

Developers Gametopia and publisher Assemble Entertainment have announced Verne: The Shape of Fantasy, a pixel art adventure game based on the works of Jules Verne. Players will have to embark with Captain Nemo to explore Atlantis and save the fictional world of Hemera from war. Check out the trailer above and press release below for more info.

Official Press Release

Assemble Entertainment Introduces Verne: The Shape of Fantasy, a Pixel Art Adventure Set in a Parallel Universe Enshrouding the Secrets of Atlantis

Based on the Works by Prolific Author Jules Verne, Verne: The Shape of Fantasy Merges Non-Linear Narrative-Driven Adventure, Puzzles, and Exploration for a New Take on One of the Most Famous Science-Fiction Stories

Wiesbaden, Germany – 30th June, 2022. Don your scuba gear and metal detector because it’s time to unlock the mysteries of Atlantis once and for all in Verne: The Shape of Fantasy, a pixel art adventure game coming to Steam in 2023. From publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer Gametopia, Verne: The Shape of Fantasy shakes up the puzzle platform genre with an adventure based on one of the most epic tales ever told.

Verne: The Shape of Fantasy is a narrative-driven experience based on the real-life works by Jules Verne, the author most famous for novels like Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Leveraging Verne’s one-of-a-kind storytelling and science fiction prowess, Verne: The Shape of Fantasy delivers a magical gameplay journey where players encounter many friends, villains, and deep-sea monsters of legend.

Watch the announcement trailer here:

Set in an alternate 1888, the war against the dreadful “Nation” has reached its breaking point, devastating the land of Hemera, the fantastical world created inside the mind of Jules Verne. Aboard the mighty Nautilus, Jules Verne, Captain Nemo, and the courageous crew struggle to uncover the secrets of Atlantis, the fabled utopia that faced mass destruction from the very power source Verne and his crew aim to locate: the Flame of Hephaestus.

“Jules Verne’s fantastic novels and their impact have transcended decades, and we’re thrilled to honor these incredible tales by reimagining them as interactive experiences where players can decide what happens next,” said Diego Adrada, CEO and Lead Developer at Gametopia.

Key Features of Verne: The Shape of Fantasy:

  • Tool Master: Discover and master the “IMAG,” an ancient Atlantean device allowing Verne to rewrite his story and change the fate of the adventure
  • We’ve Got Company: Non-linear dialogues create a robust cast of characters in a thrilling story that reflects the human ability to imagine and tell larger-than-life stories
  • Unlock Atlantis One Puzzle at a Time: Utilize side-scrolling gameplay, inspired by old-school adventure games where solving puzzles and exploring every inch of your surroundings is key to success
  • No Ruin Left Unturned: Journey through a steampunk-esque world brought to life by detailed pixel art, told through a wide range of environments from the Nautilus’ dark corridors to ancient Atlantean ruins
  • Historically Accurate: Enjoy an easy-to-follow narrative that leverages true-to-life information about Jules Verne’s life and world-famous works

Verne: The Shape of Fantasy is available to wishlist on Steam, with a planned release set for 2023. A free demo is now available to play on Steam — try the game now!

To keep up to date with the latest Verne: The Shape of Fantasy news, follow Assemble Entertainment on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and join the official Assemble Discord server.

Gametopia has published a webcomic depicting a prequel adventure to Verne: The Shape of Fantasy. To explore the adventure, visit the site here:

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