Black Cube Games
Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Release date:
July 13 2022

Epic Games
Humble Store


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The Tale of Bistun is a story-driven action-adventure game inspired by the 12th Century tragic poem “Khosrow and Shirin.” You play as a stone carver who wakes on Mount Bistun with no memory of anything before that moment. An insidious blight has spread, bringing forth many dangerous foes. You must battle through varied enemies and travel between the real world and an ethereal place of forgotten memories to discover the secret of your past.


On the craggy slopes of Mount Bistun, a stone carver awakens with no memory of who he is nor how he came to be there. He soon discovers that a blight is squeezing the life out of nature, tainting the local wildlife and turning it hostile. Encouraged by a strange, pleading whisper, the man journeys between the real world and the mysterious place of forgotten memories, known as the Revelations Realm, in search of answers. But a colossal ancient evil is watching, waiting, and is not best pleased that its plans are being disrupted . . . All the while, an omniscient narrator recounts the man’s every step and details his innermost thoughts. But who is he? And how does he know so much about the befuddled stone carver?


  • An ancient Persian myth: The Tale of Bistun is a compelling tale of sacrifice and self-discovery inspired by the 12th Century poem “Khosrow and Shirin.” The story takes place in an exotic world of Persian myth, where magic and divine influences shape all that you encounter.
  • Explore beautiful but blighted lands: As the stone carver, you must traverse the scenic slopes of Mount Bistun to unravel the mystery of your identity and how you came to be on the mountain. Although beautiful, Mount Bistun has been afflicted by a terrible blight, and dangerous creatures wait for unsuspecting adventurers . . .
  • Engrave the past: As you explore the mountain, sculpt statues to remind you of your hazy past. Then, you can return to a hub area to carve out beautiful engravings detailing your past experiences and encounters.
  • Fast-paced combat: Engage in fast-paced, tactical melee combat against a variety of wicked foes based on Persian mythology. If you’re in danger of being overwhelmed, unleash a devastating special ability to clear your path.


Launch Trailer YouTube

Story Trailer YouTube



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About Black Cube Games

We are a Dutch indie game development studio working on a PC and Console game called The Tale of Bistun.

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The Tale of Bistun Credits

Amin Shahidi
Team lead, Animator & Game Designer

Navid Shadrokh
Concept Artist

Mohammad Najafi
3D Artist

Soroush Abbasian
VFX Artist

Majid Rahmani
Game Designer

Ehsan Tahmoures
Game Designer

Vahid Siamaknejad
Lead Programmer

Hosein Akbari
Gameplay & Tools Programmer

Ahmadreza Khaksari
Environment Artist

Ali Boroumand
Business Relations

Mohsen Ghannadiof

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