Dark puzzle adventure One Upon Light announced for PS4

An intriguing project from the Singapore University of Technology and Design

Hello everyone! I’m Yunn, the Lead Programmer of One Upon Light. For the past two years, our little team at SUTD Game Lab has been lovingly toiling away to bring this game to you. We are very pleased that we will soon be able to release our game on PlayStation 4!


The story

One Upon Light tells the story of an individual’s journey through what appears to be a large abandoned science facility. You control the protagonist – a scientist – as he makes his way through the labyrinth of chambers and malfunctioning science equipment. He soon finds out that he is extremely averse to light: exposure to illumination results in excruciating pain, followed shortly by death. Through the course of the game, you will be able to uncover the mysteries behind the facility’s current state. At the same time, the scientist learns more about his extraordinary condition, and perhaps, even himself.


The gameplay

The goal of every level is very simple: you need to move the scientist from one end of the map to the other. However, getting to the end of every level isn’t quite as straightforward, because you need to be aware of that which harms him: light.

Navigate rooms and corridors while avoiding lights, making use of objects to create shadows that form a safe path. Levels get harder and more complex as you progress through the game; you will soon find that not only do you have to figure out the solution; you also need to have the dexterity to time your actions perfectly! The greater the challenge, the sweeter the sense of satisfaction – that’s what we want our players to experience.

Fear not, we do provide help to the scientist in the form of the trusty Shadow Echo device. You can get a sneak peek of it in action in the featured video.

The name

One question we get asked a lot is “Why One Upon Light? What’s up with the name?” Well, I’ll be glad to explain this one. First, some history: did you know the game used to be called Dying Light? It was perfect, because light is fatal to the protagonist, but alas, someone else beat us to that name. We decided to reference light (danger, harmful), and darkness (sanctuary, safe) in our new name. And One Upon Light actually does, in fact, refer to both elements in its own way. Consider the mathematical equation:

One Upon Light

This notation can be read as “1 upon LIGHT”, which also means LIGHT-1, or the inverse of LIGHT. The inverse of light, is none other than… darkness.

The team

We are a lab embedded within the Singapore University of Technology and Design called SUTD Game Lab. We’ve had our share of ups and downs during the journey of creating One Upon Light and today, it fills us with pride to finally see our baby grow up. I’m sure our fellow indie developers will be able to appreciate this sentiment!


We aim to place this game in our European and American fans’ hands by early 2015. Meanwhile, send us a tweet or comment via our social network channels, Twitter @sutdgamelab and Facebook.

Thanks for reading!


8 Author replies

Sounds really interesting. Will keep an eye on this. My guess is that the scientist either has porphyria or is a vampire. Both can have some cool consequences in the game.

Chuah Chong Yunn 10 October, 2014 @ 11:01

@Gogata7, can’t say if that is right or wrong but nonetheless, a very good guess!


I WANT THIS IN MY VITA pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!

Spotted this at TGS. Cannot wait looks awesome

Chuah Chong Yunn 10 October, 2014 @ 11:02

@juicyluce9, thank you for noticing us! Hope you visited our booth and got your hands on our demo then.

It feel like every week there is a cool looking indie game announced for PS4 or Vita

Chuah Chong Yunn 10 October, 2014 @ 11:19

@John-PH, that’s because Sony has been very supportive towards the indie community :) Huge kudos to them!

one-fair-soul 10 October, 2014 @ 07:18

This certainly looks special. Looking forward to the game.

Chuah Chong Yunn 10 October, 2014 @ 11:21

@one-fair-soul, thank you so much for your interest. We look forward to releasing the game to everyone too.

I think that “1/Light” works better than “One Upon Light”.

Chuah Chong Yunn 10 October, 2014 @ 11:25

@LAILIEL, we love that idea but that will make a Google search on us difficult :(

@Chuah Chong Yunn

Oh, you are right; one would have to search for “1/light: the game ” to find it…I dint’ think about that.
Maybe though you could “strike” the word Upon so that it would be possible to read the title also as an equation.

Anyway I’ll keep an eye for this.
Also thanks a lot for answering me/us, most devs just ignore me/us on the PS Blog.

Chuah Chong Yunn 13 October, 2014 @ 05:09

@LAILIEL, you are most welcome. I’m sure most developers are busy and didn’t mean to ignore everyone on the blog.

As for us, we like a little social interaction in between work, while we can afford it. Do keep an eye out for us. Thank you :)

hayabusa_jetter2 10 October, 2014 @ 11:54

My body is ready

Chuah Chong Yunn 13 October, 2014 @ 05:11

@hayabusa_jetter2, we will need you to ready your mind and soul too.


I guess you don’t Praise the Sun in this game :P

Chuah Chong Yunn 13 October, 2014 @ 05:03

@Artemisthemp, most of us are rogue-like by nature and we worship Erebus :) We like stealth and pizza…


another indie game to punish the true PS4 gamers thank god the AAA games are just round the corner

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