All visual novels, by their very nature, give players a somewhat godlike control over the direction of the story. But WILL: A Wonderful World takes that idea one significant step further, as PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch owners can find out for themselves this spring.
WILL casts players in the role of a young girl who "wakes up, groggy, in a room she's never seen before." She's joined there by a talking dog, which is surprising enough, but even more shocking is his revelation that "they are gods and it is their duty to change the fate of any humans that ask for their help." Through letters you receive in the mail, with your newfound power you must now "uncover the links between the storylines, and find the best path for all of those in need." But beware the decisions you make, as "changing someone's fate will affect others."
Presented like a fairly traditional Japanese visual novel with anime influences, here you're not merely clicking through predetermined stories but determining them yourself. Those seeking your aid are as diverse as the problems they bring to you: "A quiet nerd stuck in a hopeless, one-sided crush. An impoverished artist who’s lost all hope and contemplates suicide. A rookie police officer who burns with justice and hopes for his first big case. A young woman desperately chasing her dream against all odds. Even a stray cat who would be satisfied with some dried fish to eat!" By rearranging the text in their letters, solving puzzles, and immersing yourself in their stories, "perhaps the young girl’s memory will return, but what will she learn about herself and her mission?"
Developed by WMY Studio and originally translated to English and released on Steam for Windows and Mac last year, now console ports of WILL: A Wonderful World are due to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch sometime in May, both digitally and as a physical retail edition in North America.