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Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Walkabout Games
Developer: Different Tales
Release Date: Oct. 13, 2020

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'Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest' Revealed - Trailer

by Rainier on June 14, 2020 @ 8:01 p.m. PDT

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest is a narrative adventure game that throws you deep into a primeval wilderness in the center of modern Europe.

Heart of the Forest was designed by Jacek Brzeziński and Artur Ganszyniec, the leads behind the first game in The Witcher PC series. Both creators are also known as authors of numerous traditional role-playing games, editors of the most influential Polish RPG magazines, and writers of pen-and-paper RPG supplements.

In the video game industry, they became known for their work on The Witcher, Dying Light and Hitman. Their latest titles are the critically acclaimed Wanderlust: Travel Stories and its standalone expansion Wanderlust: Transsiberian.

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.

We fell in love with the World of Darkness back in the ’90s. We grew up with these games, and they have been with us ever since. They had a profound effect on our professional lives as well.

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.”  

In July 2020, developer Different Tales will reveal the first details about Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest, its story, gameplay, and target platforms.

Different Tales is a storytelling studio co-founded by The Witcher head story designer Artur Ganszyniec and project lead Jacek Brzeziński (The Witcher, Hitman, Dying Light).

Over the last dozen years, Different Tales members have worked on fantasy franchises with a cult following, mobile games for the mass market, artistic experiments, critically acclaimed products about killing people and prototypes that were meant to exceed the boundaries of the medium. 

They are always ready to tell a new story.

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