Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest will launch for PS4 and Xbox One on February 24 for $14.99. The game, which has already been released on PC and the Nintendo Switch, is a visual novel RPG developed by Different Tales and published by Walkabout Games.
Based on the tabletop RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse, part of the larger World of Darkness series, the game was designed by Jacek Brzeziński and Artur Ganszyniec and explores frustration and activism while coping with climate change and ecological disasters. The story, portrayed through werewolf myths, is heavily influenced influence by Polish werewolf legends.
The Steam description of the game reads, “Explore the myths and monsters of Europe’s last primeval wilderness. Play as Maia, who arrives at the ancient Białowieża Forest looking to explore her family history.” While learning about her ancestry, Maia discovers her family’s dark secrets and hidden truths about the last remaining wilderness in Central Europe.
The writers, Ganszyniec, Marta Malinowska, and Joanna Wołyńska-Ganszyniec, chose to create a female protagonist to counteract the trend of women in horror stories shown as damsels in distress or femme fatales. The story was set on Poland “to show that there is much more beyond the American setting, that this is indeed a world, with adventures taking place everywhere, maybe even in your hometown,” according to Piotr Gnyp, Head of Business Development at Walkabout Games.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest has been praised for its artistic style. In an interview with GamingBolt, Gnyp said, “We aim for the art to support the narrative in a way that intrigues and attracts the player. The use of the collage technique, which mixes photography with manual drawing, lets us create artful, moody illustrations that convey the feeling of savage, psychedelic horror. We focus on symbolism and emotions rather than on photo-realistic portrayal of the locations and characters.”
The game was announced in June 2020 with a teaser trailer during the Future Games Show, and was released on October 13, 2020 for Linux, MacOS, and Microsoft Windows. A Nintendo Switch version was released on January 7, and PS4 and Xbox One versions will follow on February 24.
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