Armature Studios’ Where The Heart Leads is not your typical video game, and it’s a definite change of pace from the veterans who worked on the Metroid Prime series.
If you’re looking for the next tear-jerking video game to make you question what life is all about, look no further you miserable sap, because today marks the release of Where The Heart Leads.
Where The Heart Leads is a deep narrative game that follows Whit through the journey that we call life. You’ll make every decision for him across the decades and those choices matter. One conversation as a teenager could affect Whit’s adulthood, which in turn changes his later life in the future, and even the end of the game.
There are thousands of narrative paths to explore, but you’ll likely never see them all. There are dozens of endings too, and again, you probably won’t get to see them all. As I mentioned in my 9/10 review for Where The Heart Leads, I don’t think we were ever meant to see every path, and that’s OK.
“As we wrote this story, we realized we were sharing bits and pieces of our own lives in all the ways Whit’s journey can be told,” said Todd Keller, director, Armature Studio. “In the end, Where the Heart Leads became more about finding each other than finding home. In writing their own story, I hope players feel inspired to reconnect with loved ones—it’s never too late, and it’s never been more important.”
Where The Heart Leads is out now on PS4 and it’s playable on PS5 via backwards compatibility. If you’re after a physical boxed copy of the game, Perp Games will have a special edition in stock from July 16th, though only for the UK and Europe. If you’re in North America, you’ll have to wait until later this year to get the boxed edition.