A Plague Tale: Requiem’s default ending is, like the whole of the game, a bit of a downer. But are there multiple endings?
Before we go any further, we are going to be spoiling the endings of A Plague Tale: Requiem so if you’ve not got that far, you might want to turn away now. Or if you’re happy with getting the ending spoiled, go right ahead.
So… is there an alternative ending? The answer is, surprisingly, yes. However, it’s not vastly different from the original. A Plague Tale: Requiem ends with Amicia’s brother, Hugo, dying. No matter what do you do, the game ends with his death. There’s no preventing that.
And, at the end of the game, you, as Amicia, are tasked with killing Hugo with your slingshot. Shoot him and the screen goes black, leading to the ending where, a year later, Sophia departs with Amicia. When Sophia asks if Lucas is coming, she tells her that he’s studying. That’s the “default” ending.
If, on the other hand, you wait when the game prompts you to kill Hugo, she will eventually yell that she can’t. This will lead to a cutscene where Lucas kills Hugo with his crossbow. You then get the same Sophia ending, with one subtle difference. In this case, when asked about Lucas she remarks that she can’t face him because of what he did.
Is either ending better? Not really. The Lucas-shoots-Hugo ending might seem better for Amicia, since it means she won’t have to carry the guilt of killing Hugo. But killing Hugo might make her more prepared for the tough choices she’ll have to make pursuing future Macula carriers.
So, yes, A Plague Tale: Requiem does have multiple endings but the second is only slightly different and still a bleak one.