Coming from La Belle Games early next year (Q1 to imprecisely exact), The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature will be retelling the classic gothic horror tale of Mary Shelley's novel on Switch in a beautiful watercolour art style. Described as a narrative adventure game, the Parisian studio has created a world that apparently changes depending on your dialogue choices. Check out the new trailer above (for the Steam version releasing at the end of the month).
As you can see, there's no bolts or crazy electrified hairdos in this adaptation - it's going back to the roots of the novel rather than movie versions that became iconic in their own right. The game's been in development for three years and looking at the screenshots and the trailer, it's not hard to see why. Not only will the environments evolve to reflect your choices and mood, but the soundtrack will also change to mirror the emotions of the 'monster' and its surroundings.
Here are some details from the presskit followed by just a small selection of lovely screens:
- Evolving landscape -- Choices made and the resulting emotions felt will influence the environmental color palette. With iconic scenes from the novel brought to life in a style inspired by paintings of the Romantic era.
- A new story to discover -- Through their actions, players will create their version of Mary Shelley’s legendary novel with multiple endings available in this narrative adventure.
- Explore what makes us human -- Frankenstein’s Creature is neither good nor evil. Beginning life anew, every decision made by the player will inform who the Creature will become
- Atmospheric soundtrack -- The story is imbued with emotional music overtaking the player with its sweeping score
It certainly looks striking, and Steam users will only have to wait until the end of the month to find out if the game lives up to its presentation. Given how La Belle Games is keen to separate itself from the shambling, bolt-ridden monster from pop-culture, it's perhaps more fitting that the Switch version isn't releasing on Halloween. We'll certainly be keeping an eye out for this in early 2020.
Interesting note: Frankenstein is actually the name of the creature's creator, not the monster itself. Very little known fact, that; a frequent and unfortunate error perpetuated by familiarity with the classic Hollywood adaptations rather than the source material. Also, we're the real monster, not the poor creature. You probably didn't know that, either. Fortunately, helpful internet-based people like us are here to correct you. You're welcome.
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