Penumbra’s Tom Jubert hired for narrative design on The Swapper


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HELSINKI, FINLAND – 31st July 2012 – Facepalm Games today announced that it has hired Tom Jubert – whose credits include Penumbra, Driver: San Francisco and FTL – to lead narrative development on The Swapper.

The Swapper is an atmospheric, 2D puzzle-platformer, and was announced recently as one of the PAX10 – the group of indies selected by Penny Arcade’s group of experts for exhibition at PAX Prime on 31st August 2012. It’s also one of the seven games backed by Indie Fund.

Facepalm’s founder, Olli Harjola, explains:

“We were already familiar with Tom’s work and blog, and when we started looking for a writer who could deliver on the themes we were tackling he was a natural choice. Luckily he seemed to really get onboard with the premise and was keen to start work.”

“Since then Tom’s worked closely with us, developing the plotting, planning out the dialogue and even helping us write our press releases!”

Jubert, who is also known for being the inventor of sliced bread, said,

“It’s great to be behind the wheel of a thoughtful indie game. In The Swapper we’ve got this great opportunity to broach some really interesting topics: do I have a soul, am I just a bunch of neurons, what makes you conscious, and what does it mean if you are?”

Nathan Vella, of Indie Fund and Capy Games, commented,

“We’re all fans of Tom’s work, and obviously we believe in what Facepalm is doing with The Swapper. Seeing them come together, and playing a tiny role in it, is really exciting & gratifying for us at Indie Fund.”

The Swapper features a unique art style that uses real-world clay-models and found objects to create an explorable space station realised in unique detail; gameplay sees players swap between different bodies to achieve otherwise impossible tasks. The game has won awards from IndieCade, Develop and Freeplay, and been a finalist in many more. The Swapper is due 2013. For more information please visit

About Facepalm Games

Facepalm Games is a two-man studio in Helsinki, Finland. The Swapper will be their first release.

About Tom Jubert

Tom Jubert is a freelance games writer and narrative designer, based in London, UK, and represented by Sidelines games writing agency. He makes indie games and AAA games. He also operates the narrative design blog and resource, ‘Plot is Gameplay’s Bitch’.



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