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Stories: The Path of Destinies Out Today on PS4

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Stories: The Path of Destinies Out Today on PS4

Today we’re excited to launch Stories: The Path of Destinies on PS4, an action RPG set in a beautiful world full of fantastic locations to explore. It’s also brimming with evil Imperial Ravens to defeat using fluid and stylish Sword Fu.

In addition to the storybook aesthetic and fast-paced action, one of our key interests when making the game was to try something different with the storytelling. We knew we wanted to put the player in control, but we also felt that there was still so much left unexplored with regard to videogame narratives.

We started our creative process with several questions: how can we make each choice presented to the player really impactful? What if we could make visiting alternative choices and outcomes part of the fun of the game and not something you only achieve by loading a checkpoint? What if exploring the multiple stories was just as fun as exploring levels and finding hidden treasures?

Then we remembered how awesome it felt to dictate the story in those choose-your-own-adventure books. Incorporating some of those elements led us to what we feel is a very unique direction in how we tell the story of Reynardo, the roguish fox hero of our game.

Stories: The Path of Destinies

When the game begins, Reynardo is already in a desperate situation — he is part of the Rebellion fighting the evil Empire and things are not going well for his faction. In fact, the final battle is about to happen and, as it stands, the Empire’s overwhelming armada is sure to crush the Rebellion once and for all.

With the Imperial fleet on his tail, Reynardo only has time for a few key moves before the final showdown. Right off the bat, he must face a difficult choice: rescue his old buddy Lapino or search for a mythical superweapon, even if that means abandoning his friend to a dire fate?

As the player, you’re in charge of making all these tough decisions. Each one will not only lead to a unique ending and conclusion to the war, but to an entirely unique story. This means that no single choice ever folds the narrative back onto a known path. This creates more than two dozen different stories that can take you anywhere from romance to Lovecraftian ancient gods and rituals. Reynardo has many fates, which is why the game’s full name is Stories: The Path of Destinies.

Stories: The Path of Destinies

Finishing any of these stories is not the end of the game; it’s actually just one chapter in the book that comprises Reynardo’s destinies. Reynardo will need to carefully piece together the information gained from these diverse storylines in order to find the path leading to victory.

While betrayal can cut our hero’s adventures short, it represents broader knowledge about certain characters involved in the war that can then be put to use in another chapter. As Reynardo navigates his myriad destinies, he retains memories of past failures. And clever foxes don’t make the same mistake twice.

Can you weave a story worthy of a hero?

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22 Comments

  • Tried a little this morning before work, love the combat and can’t wait to play more! :)

    • I pre-ordered and preloaded the game but I haven’t had a chance to play yet. This and Ratchet & Clank will be my new games today.

  • Not sure if it’s me, but not seeing any Plus discount on store, and my plus is well in date.?
    What should the price be after reductions.?

    Just want to post to my community if my podcast, I’m waiting to hear back from these guys on a review for the show, get me on Twitter if you want to get in touch guys.
    @tozol

  • CrusaderForever

    Really loving this game! The graphics and art direction really pop on my new TV. The control and combat are very good. I like how the Stories branch making replay ability a positive thing. Can’t wait to come back to it today.

  • I am going to buy this today. I watched a gameplay video on youtube and it looks neat.

  • Played about an hour last night and really enjoyed the game. Looking forward to jumping back in. Great game so far.

  • I am split now after Ratchet and Clank got such solid reviews. Do I play this or Ratchet and Clank?

    • Vincenth69CA

      With a story being 45min-1h30 long, you can play a bit of both each night :D.

    • gor1llap1mp

      There is no contest, Ratchet & Clank is a seminal series with a solid track record and the first in the series, in which this is technically speaking(ok maybe not technically, more like story-lly). Anyways, your not a Playstation Gamer unless you play Ratchet & Clank, sorry Stories.

    • 45min to 1.5 hours long? I assume this leaves you free to replay for a different path/story. That sounds good to me. I like games that are short and sweet.

      I’ll pick up Ratchet & Clank as well, especially if the kids like the movie which is coming out later this month.

    • Vincenth69CA

      Yeah. Short stories but there is 25+ of them, so quite a lot of content :)

  • gor1llap1mp

    You know, upon further analysis of my second view of the trailer, this looks very much like an isometric/top-down Jak & Daxter. This is not only a good thing but probably the closest well get to seeing the dynamic duo anytime soon if at all. Please Naughty Dog, take notice.

  • VinsanityV21

    Definitely looking forward to this :) Been a fan of Spearhead ever since I got Tiny Brains, and this looks & sounds just utterly charming. I love a game with a good Sly Cooper/Disney’s Robin Hood-esque look to it, and the “Choose your Own Adventure”-style to the levels sounds brilliant! Not nearly enough games that chat up multiple paths to tackling goals actually care about the effect part of “cause and effect”. This absolutely sounds fantastic!

    I hope the week’s big releases don’t blind people to checking this out.

  • Definitely interested in this game… Ratchet and Clank has to be my first time-spender today, but as long as I have time between that and Uncharted 4, this will be one of the two games I use that time on. Really excited and hope that I have time for it.

  • death_nation100

    This game is awesome i like that you can choose I already took 2 bad ndings . I wish there’s another game is like this .

  • This game looks sweet! I’ll definitely be picking this up

  • Just downloading to my PS4 now.
    Also picked up Racket and Clank but not sure its gonna even see the console tonite once I get into Stories. :p

  • TheHerbinator75

    This game is well done and well worth buying.

  • Received a review code for this game earlier today and I’ve already completed the first story. Very impressed with the art direction and story-telling aspect of the game. Framerate could be smoother but it’s not ultimately detrimental to the experience.

  • L7_Darkckc_US

    Really like this game. The makers are just Genius! The 24 different stories have 4 hidden truth, our hero’s skill tree locked by those truth, when we proceeding our game, the more we learn about the stories, the more skills we can get , and more skills we have, the more stories and truth we can reveal.Sink in ,have fun!

  • I played the first chapter. So far I love it. I actually have spent more time with this than R&C but both are great games. Give it a shot if you haven’t already.

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