Her Story, the narrative driven game where players are required to come up with a conclusion to a crime based on old school interview tapes, has one true ending, but creator Sam Barlow wants that to remain a mystery.
Games with multiple endings are nothing new, it’s usually used as a way to keep players coming back to the game, but with Her Story, the is no definitive “The End” moment, instead the conclusion to this FMV-based mystery is down to the player’s conclusion, which could be correct, or it could be totally wrong.
The game, which launched earlier this summer, offers users a search-heavy non-linear mechanic that’ll have them searching through fictitious police archives to find, watch, and interpret old interview clips. The thing is, even if you manage to uncover every last little thing, it’s possible you’ll never figure out the correct conclusion to the story.
For Barlow, this is one of the more interesting parts about the game. He’s aware of most of the fan theories behind the story of the game, and he has also revealed that some of them may even be right, but he won’t reveal which.
“The interesting aspect to all of that is just they’re all different angles on the same idea,” Barlow said in an interview with Polygon. “They’re all dealing with a kind of duality … I guess it’s less important for me to define that. I’m probably unlikely to come out and express my opinion on that.”
For the most part, the way Her Story has evolved into something more than a little story-driven game, and that it’s brought together this huge community and has received so much attention, has become quite humbling for Barlow.
“My notes and my current understanding is that there’s a definitive version of the story that I have in my head,” Barlow said. “Certainly of what happened prior to the various interviews; this was important as well because all of the detectives’ dialogue was fully scripted as well.”
“Obviously when you remove all the questions of the detectives — obviously there are a lot more questions — but for the detectives to be asking those questions and have their line of inquiry that would have to be quite well thought out.”
So there you have it, if you think you’ve figured out Her Story, you may be right, but at the same time you may also be wrong. Unfortunately, for now, you’ll never find out.