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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Zagreb, Croatia, June 3, 2020 — Developer Pine Studio, the company behind the well-received Faraway puzzle adventure series, has announced that its latest Harry Potter and Professor Layton-inspired title, “The Academy: The First Riddle,” will launch June 19 on PC and Mac via Steam, the App Store and Google Play. The game will arrive to Playstation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch later this summer. 

Take a tour of the Academy with the announcement trailer.

“We’re huge fans of the Professor Layton series and its colorful puzzles,” says Pine Studio’s Boris Barbir. “We wanted to make a game that would allow players on all platforms to experience that thrill of getting a puzzle just right. We are big fans of Harry Potter, so the school is greatly inspired by Hogwarts, but it’s also inspired by the architecture of our city, Zagreb. Early on in development, it became clear that what we actually set off to achieve was to capture the essence of being a kid - the feeling that adventure lies around every corner.”

The game will place players in the shoes of Sam, a freshman at Arbor’s famed, yet mysterious, Academy. Over the course of this roughly 20-hour adventure, fans will sink their teeth into over 200 puzzles and riddles scattered across the campus. The puzzles will guide the players through the central story of the game and the mystery looming over the school. When fans aren’t busy unraveling the school’s past, they’ll be able to engage in a host of fun activities with an array of memorable characters.

The Academy: The First Riddle will launch June 19 on PC and Mac via Steam for $19.99, on Google Play, and the App Store for $9.99. The title will arrive to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch later this summer.


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For more information, please contact:

Pine Studio

Boris Barbir

[email protected] 

HomeRun PR

Chris Rosario

C[email protected]

About Pine Studio

Based in Zagreb, Croatia, Pine Studio aims to offer innovative and thought-provoking interactive entertainment across PC, Mac, consoles, and mobile platforms. From hardcore FPS platformers like SEUM: Speedrunners From Hell to puzzle adventure games like the Faraway series, Pine Studio’s work has reached nearly 30 million players worldwide. The developer’s latest title, The Academy, is set to arrive on PC, Mac, Google Play, and the App Store on June 19. The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch later this summer. Visit for more information.