You already may be aware of the work of narrative-focused indie studio Inkle, thanks to their recent Switch release of Heaven’s Vault, or perhaps you know them from their earlier games, 80 Days and the Sorcery! series.
Up until now, their fantastic Sorcery! games have remained locked away on PC and mobile devices (and, er, the books it was based on), but Inkle has just announced that the fantasy choose-your-own-adventure games are finally coming to Switch.
If, however, you aren’t aware of Inkle’s work, let us provide you with a quick rundown: known for their detailed and expansive branching storylines, Inkle has adapted quite a few things into video games, from Jules Verne’s Around The World In Eighty Days to Steve Jackson’s Sorcery!.
Steve Jackson, a British game designer, writer, and journalist who wrote the Sorcery! series, has a pretty impressive background himself, as the founder of Games Workshop and Lionhead Studios (with Peter Molyneux), a game designer on multiple games, including Fighting Fantasy, and the author of many CYOA books, like The Tasks of Tantalon and the Fighting Fantasy series. Steve, leave something for the rest of us, will you?
(He is not to be confused with the American game designer Steve Jackson, who made the tabletop role-playing games Munchkin and GURPS, and also wrote some of the Fighting Fantasy series. We know, they’re very similar. Probably just a glitch in the system.)
So, needless to say, fans of CYOA books, tabletop role-playing games, and branching narrative games should definitely check this one out when it comes to Switch in Q3 this year – expect more exact news some time in Autumn. The game originally came out as a four-parter, but all four separate-but-connected stories will be united on Switch.