Why did we make Shadow’s Edge?

We understand the courage it takes to face the emotional side of what you are going through.
We wanted to make it a little bit easier, by making the process fun and creative.
You have an incredible story to share—a story that is still unfolding.
Shadow’s Edge, will help you discover and be proud of your story.

By playing Shadow’s Edge, we put you in the driver’s seat. You take control of reviving the city
of Shadow’s Edge by expressing your thoughts and feelings. As you do, you may find yourself more
confident and resilient– skills you can use in your real life too. We built Shadow’s Edge to connect you
to other players that are experiencing a similar journey. And at times, Shadow’s Edge can just be a fun
distraction, to help calm everything on your mind. We hope Shadow’s Edge helps with all of this.

Why Writing and Art helps

You have a lot going on. You deserve the chance to discover your story and find your voice.
That means getting in touch with your feelings and figuring out what everything you are going
through means, to YOU. Writing about it can help; that’s why Shadow’s Edge is filled with questions
to help you explore your inner self.

Be open and honest. Write about things you might not dare tell anyone. Or write about the things
you are learning. Get your feelings off your chest. Record inspirations you don’t want to forget.
You will discover a lot about the REAL you. Trust you have the answers inside.

We know there is even more to expressing yourself than just writing. Art is a different way to get out
your thoughts and feelings. The graffiti in Shadow’s Edge encourages you to express yourself
in an artistic way. You may be surprised by what comes out—it’s all good.

Art and writing work together to help you learn about yourself. The more you know
about yourself, the more you can express yourself in real life by sharing your true self
with others. The more you put yourself out there, the better people can understand and help you.

You may find that after playing Shadow’s Edge you communicate better. You may feel like others
are there for you in a way they weren’t before. It all starts with you.
Find your voice and use it. You have the power, you are in control!

What’s behind the game?

When the storm hit Shadow’s Edge, it was like life was placed on hold—frozen in time. Sound familiar? We have different parts of the world that represent the stages most people go through when they are faced with a significant challenge like yours.

Disruption is the first part of the game, where everything seems surreal, barren, broken. You may feel tough enough to power through, but you may find whatever had been working just doesn’t anymore. That’s when the next phase starts.

That’s Disillusionment. Here the world feels heavy.
This stage challenges you to rely on parts of yourself you didn’t even know you had. You start to see light at the end of the tunnel, but quite possibly, have no idea how to get there. Until slowly, one day, your life starts to click again.

That is where Discovery starts, where the new you is emerging.
You begin to feel more confident to share your real self with the world. You see possibilities you didn’t before and start to own
your story and be proud of it.

I wanna know more about the stage metaphors in the game…

So how do these game worlds fit together in Shadow’s Edge?

Your gameplay has a direct impact on the world, just as your actions in real life do. By expressing yourself with words and graffiti, you have the power to bring back life to Shadow’s Edge. You’ll see plants start to grow, the weather gets better, lights comes on, the world gets greener, and creatures, even families, come back. All this symbolizes how everything you experience brings meaning to your world.

Why is resilience important?

We say that Shadow’s Edge helps you build resilience, but what IS that?
Resilience is your ability to bounce back from a major setback. It means relying on your own strength and character, but also knowing how to get help so you get through a tough time.
Resilience sometimes requires that you adapt your perspective or, at some level,
accept what you are going through.

How you frame what’s going on for you and “make sense of it all” builds resilience. The more proactive you are in dealing with your challenges, the better you may feel about yourself and perhaps also about your journey. Sometimes just being real about your feelings and sharing them
with others can help you connect in new ways.
These skills for building resilience get developed while playing Shadow’s Edge.

Why the name Shadow’s Edge?

In the story of Shadow’s Edge, a shadow was cast over the world when the former inhabitants of the city stopped pursuing their inner truth, which resulted in a terrible storm. In the design of Shadow’s Edge, we played with shadow and light—to bring out the possible, from the darkness of the storm. Play for a while and you will see what we mean.

At times, people may associate shadows with something dark and negative. A shadow can feel like something that follows you, like the threat of darkness to come. It’s a metaphor, like how at times it feels like your challenges are a shadow hovering over you. But at the same time, a shadow can be motivating. A shadow may actually help lead your story. You may choose to stay ahead of the shadow, letting it push you to your true potential. Or on the edge of that shadow, you may find a ray of hope where you can cross into the light—that is, if you dare.

It’s up to you.

Why is a community important?

Everybody has something they’re dealing with. Having people in your community listen and share what they are going through can be extremely helpful. A community can give you an opportunity to get things off your chest, in your own time, in a judgement-free environment.
Plus, it helps you realize. You are not alone!

Just as you get strength from the community in Shadow’s Edge, you can help empower other people, too. Sharing what you’ve learned with other players who may not be as far down the road as you are can help them in their journey. Not only does it feel good to help others, it also can feel good to share your story. Every time you share about your experiences, you express yourself a little differently, which helps you define your story and who you are.

Why the Guardians?

The Guardians do a lot more than explain the game
and the story of Shadow’s Edge. They each represent one
of the stages of the world that they are stuck in. Their look,
clothing, mannerisms, and even what they say and how they say it, work together to help you recognize these stages
in yourself. Think of the Guardians like virtual friends that help you progress through the game.