PS4 Exclusive, Where The Heart Is, is Narrative-Heavy Game About Cho...
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And we're starting to see more and more interactive narrative-heavy games find their way onto our platforms of choice. In this instance, if said "platform of choice" is your PS4, you're in for what looks like a unique title where 100s of choices are yours to make, each of which will ultimately shape your 'life' in Where The Heart Is from Armature Studio (ReCore) which is made up of ex-Retro and Santa Monica Studios devs (among others).
And that all sounds lofty and ambiguous, but the trailer, which you can watch embedded below, gives us an Inside and Stela vibe, among other 'artsy' side-scrollers. But don't take our word for it, here's some official wordage:
On the kind of fateful stormy night that changes a man’s destiny, an enormous sinkhole opens in the middle of Whit Anderson’s farm. As thunder rumbles and rain lashes the Andersons, Casey—their curious Golden Retriever—ventures too close to the gaping maw and tumbles in. Desperate to save Casey, Whit descends into the darkness, but emerges in a realm beyond his imagining.
In this strange world, constantly shifting like the stops and starts of a dream, Whit bears witness to the story of his life and gains the power to change it.
Experience a lifetime in hazy, ethereal spaces made manifest by Whit’s memories. As they come into focus, explore his childhood, learn about his family, and uncover his greatest joys and regrets. Connect with others who’ve shared in Whit’s life, from his eccentric, misunderstood brother Sege and high school sweetheart Rene to the children they raise.
At pivotal moments in Whit’s dreamlike reflection, at the points in time and space where lives change forever, make new choices or stick with the decisions which helped form his family. Answer, for Whit, what life would have been like. If he’d stood with his brother. If he’d stayed behind. If he’d taken the leap. If he’d said ‘Yes.’
Behold surreal environments and structures that defy reality. Soak up an ambient soundscape befitting a dream. Discover what gets left behind, and what’s worth returning to, across a selection of intimate vignettes. Make hundreds of choices on the journey back home, where dozens of possible endings await.
The game is due out later this year on the PS4. Watch the full trailer embedded below.