The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood doesn’t start with “You’re probably wondering how I got into this situation,” but it absolutely nails the sentiment.
In The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood your Tarot-reading witch, Fortuna, is two hundred years into a thousand-year exile. As this narrative deckbuilder begins, she’s sitting in her small asteroid-based house. Her only company is a colossal cosmic entity which she summons in an effort to stop herself losing her mind.
Yes, that’s got “terrible idea” written all over it, but the entity in question makes no bones as to the gravity of Fortuna’s decision. In between teaching you how to craft your own divination deck, the entity chooses the nature of your cosmic pact.
What are you prepared to sacrifice for your “freedom”? Your immortality? Your coven? The life of the one person you truly love? You’ll have wait till the game’s 2023 release to truly appreciate the consequences of your decisions.
The preview build of The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood we got our hands on was relatively short but it definitely had us hooked. Being able to craft your own cards, shuffling the art around, is a nice touch and we appreciated the superb pixel-based art.
Developer Deconstructeam has put some real thought into the cards you construct: it’s not just a case of riffing on the regular Tarot. There’s some kind of energy mechanic involved but based on what we’ve seen, it’s not a case of winning or losing, Magic The Gathering style.
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Instead, it’s your insights, gained through your deck, that will unveil the truth and, potentially, mould the story. Speaking of the story, The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood left us craving answers. We’re desperate to know how on earth Fortuna went from regular Tarot reader to immortal witch.
That said, we’re also a little nervous. The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood is charming in its own way, but there’s also an ominous note to proceedings. We’re not just talking about the floating entity that lurks around your house, either.
The advice or information you divulge feels as if it could have profound consequences that go beyond Fortuna’s own life. We only got to read for one “regular” witch (characters come to your house) but it was clear she took our predictions to heart.
The potential revenge angle also makes us more than a little nervous. Yes, you’ve been cast out by your coven, that much is true. But was your leader really wrong to do so? The few encounters we had underlined that these are just regular people, with all their faults and foibles.
Even the cosmic entity, Abaramar, starts chipping away at Fortuna’s perspective, though you have the option to hold firm to her desire for revenge and power. Given it’s from the team behind The Red Strings Club, don’t count on things being remotely black and white.
The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood arrives sometime this year, and we’re eager to see where it takes us. You can wishlist it on Steam here and pick it up when it releases on PC and Switch.