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March 30th, 2020

Chillswitch Games

SALT LAKE CITY, March 30, 2020  — Sono, an alternative-controller game created by a team of graduate students from the University of Utah, has inspired creativity across the globe. Freya McCann, a nail artist from Queensland, Australia, crafted a unique set of nails featuring the art of its main character – a space-inspired stingray that floats through a sea of abstract environments. A game meant to soothe and prompt relaxation in its players, McCann stated that its calming effect inspired her to make the unique nail set.

A 2D exploration game, Sono allows players to effortlessly glide through an abstract microcosm collecting lost fragments of sound. Developed over the course of a semester by the team Chillswitch Games, the project originally featured a MIDI turntable as an alternative controller. This device allowed the player to mirror the gliding motion of the stingray, as well as echo the compositional themes of the game.

Sono was published on Steam’s platform March 6, 2020 by Dead Thread Games to immediate success on Steam’s Free-To-Play charts. With the development of Sono completed, several members of the original Chillswitch team decided to continue their collaboration efforts with Dead Thread Games. The combined development team is in active production on the game, We Went Back – a time-looping horror game that is set for free-to-play release on Steam April 3, 2020.