Eternal Threads Preview: The Beautiful Burden of Time Travel
Eternal Threads Preview: The Beautiful Burden of Time Travel

Eternal Threads tasks the player with saving 6 people from their preventable death, but their complicated lives make each choice a costly one.

Eternal Threads is a decision-based, time travel game that tasks the player with rewriting the final days of six people in order to prevent their deaths. Unlike other games that use time travel and time loops, Eternal Threads offers the player a ton of flexibility to jump around the time stream to make and re-make decisions crucial decisions, but the gameplay design may be too unengaging for some players to see the story through.

Eternal Threads puts players in the boots of an operative that works to fix anomalies in the time stream. This mission is to go back to May of 2015 in order to prevent the deaths of six people due to a house fire. Unable to stop the fire directly, players must manipulate the choices these people made in order to make sure they all survive in whatever ways they can.

Due to being a narrative-centric game, Eternal Threads plays like a visual novel mixed with elements of an interactive drama. Unlike other interactive dramas like Until Dawn and The Quarry, there are no quick time events or supremely tense moments that require the player to make split second decisions in hopes that it was the right one. Instead, players take their time exploring the remains of the house for clues and using special equipment to project the events of the past and the points at which a change can be made.

 

Eternal Threads Preview: The Beautiful Burden of Time Travel
Eternal Threads Preview: The Beautiful Burden of Time Travel

One of the unique things about Eternal Threads is how it handles the concept of time and time travel. Rather than make players go through the story linearly, developer Cosmonaut Studios allows players to approach the story however they like, be it “Pulp Fiction style” by following specific characters or “Memento style” by starting at the end. Unlike the permanent nature of Life is Strange’s final choices and endings, if players discover a wrong decision was made along the way, they have the freedom to go back to that moment and make a different choice.

As the name implies, it feels like there is an eternal amount of possible story threads and possible outcomes to observe. This preview opportunity only scratched the surface of what this story has to offer and never once did it waiver. It’s an interesting concept that follows complex characters with distinct personalities and motivations and provides players with ample amounts of intrigue and mystery. For those who have a soft spot for slower narrative focused games, Eternal Threads is definitely one to watch out for.

 

Eternal Threads Preview: The Beautiful Burden of Time Travel
Eternal Threads Preview: The Beautiful Burden of Time Travel

Eternal Threads is available May 19, 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One with a Switch released projected for late 2022. Screen Rant was provided with a digital download for the purpose of this Preview.

 

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