Sayonara Wild Hearts was one of several games publisher Annapurna Interactive announced at this year’s Game Awards, and it may also be the most inscrutable. The game’s announcement trailer features masked biker gangs, motorcycle-striding sword fights, mecha wolves, dance battles — and a killer soundtrack. One thing we can say for sure is that Sayonara Wild Hearts, described as “a pop album video game,” has one hell of a sense of style.
Created by the award-winning studio Simogo—best known for the critically acclaimed games DEVICE 6 and Year Walk—Sayonara Wild Hearts is an adrenaline-pumping arcade game in which players take control of The Fool, a masked biker on an interdimensional quest to find and break the hearts of rivalling bikers.
The game features a custom-written vocal pop soundtrack tightly interwoven with gameplay and includes a cast of stylish characters based on tarot cards, while synthesizing electric pop, dance, fashion, anime, arcade games and subcultures, and much more.
Sayonara Wild Hearts will be the first console release for Simogo when it arrives on Nintendo Switch and other unannounced platforms next year.
A committed indoor kid, Bryan moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles for a prettier landscape to ignore. They can be lured outside with promises of taco trucks and film festivals, and enjoy trawling through used book stores for works on the occult. Bryan has been gaming since the SNES era and is a sucker for good pixel art.