Out now on PC is Herald: An Interactive Period Drama developed by small indie developer Wispfire. Being touted as a “mix of a point-and-click game and a visual novel set in an alternate 19th century setting”, Herald puts you in the shoes of a young man of mixed heritage looking to discover more about his roots, so he sets sail on a ship called the FLV Herald and heads to the Eastern Colonies of The Protectorate. There’s a sale coming up on April the 1st and the 2nd you can grab it for 20% less than its normal price of $10.99, so here is a heads-up in advance, just in case you are interested in picking it up!
· A branching narrative that changes depending on how you decide to play.
· A mix between 3D point&click and 2D visual novel gameplay with animated portraits.
· A multicultural cast of characters who might become your best friends or worst enemies.
· Set in an alternate 1857 in which the West is united as a global superpower, the Protectorate.
· A gripping tale about finding your place in a world divided by race, class, and culture.
· Full English voice acting by a cast of 13 talented voice actors. (3000+ lines!)
Wispfire also gave a little bit of insight as to their motivation for creating a game like this. I thought it was pretty thoughtful so I’m going to include it here:
“Herald offers an intriguing take on our colonial history and aims to serve as a reflection on the diverse modern societies that are its product. Considering the current political climate, we decided to tell a tale about the consequences of colonialism for ordinary people and make players think about the part that they choose to play, both in- and outside of the game.”
So, Herald looks to be an interesting and thought-provoking game, be sure to be on the lookout for a review from us in the near future! The full game is divided into Books (episodes). Book I and II are out now, with III and IV coming sometime down the line, each book is a self-contained story. You can check it out here on Steam (also available on Gog and Humble if that’s what you prefer)
By Richard Jewell
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