After a terrible storm hits Whit Anderson’s farmstead a massive sinkhole opens up in his backyard. Unfortunately for Whit, his dog gets trapped in the hole. How does Whit rescue his hapless pup? He straps a bathtub to a winch and takes it for a ride down the massive hole. Unfortunately, Whit eventually falls into the hole and becomes transported to a strange world that seems to be constantly shifting like some kind of dream. Where The Heart Leads is a new game from Armature studios, a studio formed by ex-Metroid Prime developers, and the project takes classic adventure game elements then combines them with modern action game sensibilities to create something that looks truly special.
After the fall, Whit finds himself with a strange new power: the power to revisit memories. Each memory is haunting and dreamlike, but ultimately shows Whit the power (and consequences) of the billions of choices he’s made throughout his life. Of course, the choices that Whit makes during this new adventure will also shape the narrative you experience.
Join Alex Van Aken and Ben Reeves as they sit down with studio founder and director Todd Keller to talk about his vision for this surreal experience, how he’s aiming to tell a personal story through fantastical elements, and what he learned while working on Metroid that still helps him makes games today. We have a good time and hope you enjoy the show.
You won’t have to wait long before playing Where the Heart Leads since the game releases on July 13 on Xbox and PC. For more information, check out the game’s official website. If you enjoyed this episode of New Gameplay Today, be sure to subscribe to the Game Informer YouTube channel and catch up on previous episodes here.