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Up for trying out a new immersive narrative choice-based novel? Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart of the Forest has a demo available right now.

Mixing in the style and mechanics Different Tales created with their previous Wanderlust series, Werewolf: The Apocalypse — Heart of the Forest throws you deep into a primeval wilderness in the centre of modern Europe. It's where the protectors of nature wage their ancient, never-ending war against the forces of destruction. It's designed much like a visual novel, so if you love a good book this could be for you. Beautiful, distinctive collage art that combines hand-illustrated characters with pictures of real places to inspire your imagination.

I must admit, the artwork is quite magnificent.

In the demo, you will visit real world places located in the Bialowieza Forest, the last primeval wilderness in Europe, and face real legends. These include:

  • The Barrows. This is a real resting place of a tribe that lived in the Puszcza 1,500 years ago and mysteriously vanished.
  • Kazan the Wolf. The most famous wolf in Poland and the symbol of protection over his endangered species. In 2001, he died after being wounded in a fight against another male wolf.
  • Places of Power. There are numerous legends of Places of Power located across the Puszcza. In the 1990s, diviners from around the world used to gather in the forest and search for these sites of magic.

Sadly, there's not a lot of time left for the current demo, which is due to be taken down in a day or so. They initially had some FMOD problems with Unity in the Linux build, which is now nicely fixed up. There's probably nothing tying it to Steam anyway, so copying it out of Steam will probably enable you to continue playing the demo if you're short on time.

If you do wish to try the demo, find it up on Steam. Update 09/09/20: the demo is now up on GOG too.

At release sometime in Q4 this year it will be available on both GOG and Steam.

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tomaszg 2 Sep, 2020
Wow, a game about Białowieża. Very curious and interesting. Nice to see familiar surroundings.
damarrin 2 Sep, 2020
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That's pretty good, well written and nicely drawn and animated. It took me perhaps 40 minutes to get through the demo.
Liam Dawe 9 Sep, 2020
Update 09/09/20: the demo is now up on GOG too if you missed it, as it's currently not on Steam.
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