World of Darkness fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to video game adaptations of the peoperty, and now Different Tales and Walkabout Games are adding one more to the pile. Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest comes from Jacek Brzezinski and Artur Ganszyniec, veteran game developers who worked on the first Witcher game, and are prolific writers and editors in Poland.
Below, you can watch a teaser trailer for Heart of the Forest, and read a statement from the developers. A full game reveal will take place in July.
The thing about the World of Darkness that has always fascinated us is the modernization of myths. Classic horror tales are the embodiment of the fears of their age. A pale count who lived in a huge castle and oppressed the folk would become a vampire. Legends about zombies mirror the unending plight of Haitian slaves. There's also the man-beast, which, in the World of Darkness interpretation, became the defender of nature.
Today, humanity is enchanted with technology. Myths of the past gave place to fears of the digital age, hackers, and operating system errors. Meanwhile, in 2020, we got a wake-up call from nature itself. Huge forest fires in Australia, pollution of the oceans, climate change, and the pandemic should make us think. The myth of the werewolf needs to come back, now more than ever.
"As one of our most engaging and popular story settings, Werewolf: The Apocalypse is ripe for new games and experiences, and our partners and licensees have several in the works," said Sean Greaney, Brand Manager for World of Darkness. "It's a good time to be a Werewolf: The Apocalypse fan, and we're excited to see what the creative minds at Different Tales are cooking up in Heart of the Forest."
World of Darkness is one of the most important role-playing brands, which revolutionized the genre in the 1990s. It was the first to shift the focus from mechanics to narrative and storytelling, and to present the world from the perspective of monsters, portrayed as tragic figures. Games set in the World of Darkness universe soon became incredibly popular and made a lasting impact on pop-culture, changing the perception of legendary creatures.
In July 2020, we will reveal the first details about Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest, its story, gameplay, and target platforms.
We cannot wait to show you more.