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Wayward Strand

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Ghost Pattern
Release Date: July 21, 2022

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'Wayward Strand' Gets Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox And PC Release Date - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 11, 2022 @ 11:42 a.m. PDT

Wayward Strand is an emotional interactive narrative indie game simultaneously told over a few days time.

The curious piece, inspired by interactive theatre, centers on 14-year-old Casey, intrepid teenage journalist, as she embarks on her first trip to the flying ship-turned-hospital above a small Australian town in the summer of 1978. There, she has limited time to help the staff, get to know the patients and investigate the mysteries of the ship itself, as multiple storylines play out in real time. 

Once aboard the ship, prepare to meet a sizeable cast of characters who go about their lives guided by their own desires, schedules and will, sometimes talking with Casey, and sometimes with each other. Players can choose who Casey will interact with, or not, having her engage directly or eavesdrop on the unsuspecting workers or patients aboard. With over 20,000 lines of recorded voiceover dialogue—rivalling even some of the biggest AAA games on the market—there are a plethora of interesting conversations to be had (or overheard). 

Players can follow their curiosity at any given moment. While a single playthrough is a complete experience of one version of the story, the developers note that it can take at least a dozen playthroughs to begin to see the full picture. Wayward Strand covers many complex topics, according to creators, including empathy, intergenerational relationships, care and neglect, as well as exploring the day-to-day lives of older people and care workers.

Key Features:

  • A deep story - Over a dozen characters, each with their own timeline and story.
  • A living world - All stories play out in real-time, along-side each other, throughout the ship.
  • Follow your curiosity - Eavesdrop on, follow, and talk with your favourite characters to discover their stories.
  • A unique experience every time - Choose your own path through the world as it moves around you.

Wayward Strand is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One X and PC on July 21, 2022.



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