Text-based games seem to be aplenty in today’s gaming landscape, especially among indie titles. We’ve seen ones that combine narrative-driven themes with deck building, another that delves into the world of Robin Hood, and, now, as announced by developer Different Tales, the game Wanderlust: Travel Stories will take a more realistic approach to the travelogue genre.
Wanderlust: Travel Stories is a narrative based interactive adventure game inspired by real world travel stories. It is illustrated by enticing bespoke photography that was captured by the developers themselves.
Created by Artur Ganszyniec (lead narrative designer on The Witcher) and Jacek Brzeziński (project lead on The Witcher and game designer for Hitman), Wanderlust: Travel Stories has the player join a group of modern travelers sharing tales in a small canteen in Hanga Roa. Players then take over the travelers, helping them to get where they need to be and discover the stories that brought them together.
As showcased in the new teaser trailer below, the player will be responsible for managing the travelers’ finances, mental health and lodging. The story and character development that emerges as you go. Choices you make may lead to different outcomes.
What is especially different about the game is that the stories are inspired by real expeditions. This lends itself to a unique blend of gaming and the human condition that may be best approached as though you’re “playing” a novel rather than, say, a platforming game.
Artur Ganszyniec, co-founder of developer Different Tales, said: “Ten years after I met with Jacek during our work on The Witcher, we decided to team up again to make a different kind of a story, something more grounded in reality and rooted in the common human experience.”
“Wanderlust was born from Jacek’s love for travel and from my love for storytelling. We aimed to create something different. A bridge between literary experiences and gaming. A title that is meant to be taken in, experienced and felt.”
“Perfect when you’re traveling — or wish that you were”