One thing to look ahead to: Nintendo ended its August 11 indie showcase stream by revealing that developer Pixipil and writer Chucklefish’s Eastward will launch on September 16 as a timed console unique. Pixipil later revealed it would additionally launch the sport on PC and Mac on that very same day.
The sport has been a standout amongst pixel-art indie video games since Pixpil began exhibiting off screenshots and movies of it in 2015. A single-player sport, Pixpil calls Eastward an motion journey RPG. Gamers will management two characters — a digger named John and a mysterious lady named Sam, as they interact in puzzle, hack n’ slash, and 2D shooter gameplay, touring throughout a near-future world by rail.
The developer admits the gameplay was impressed by video games like Earthbound and The Legend of Zelda, whereas the artwork was impressed by anime like Macross, Akira, and Reminiscences. It additionally options music by composter Joel Corelitz (Hohokum, The Unfinished Swan, The Tomorrow Kids, Gorogoa).
“Welcome to the charming world of Eastward – inhabitants declining! Journey by a society getting ready to collapse. Uncover pleasant cities, unfamiliar beings and even stranger folks! Wield a trusty frying pan and mystic powers on an journey into the unknown…” states the sport’s Steam web page.
When Eastward turned a finalist on the 2020 Unbiased Recreation Competition for excellence in visible artwork, Pixpil spoke to Gamasutra. “The aesthetic of the sport is a ‘decayed’ world, however we needed to make it look energetic as a result of individuals are nonetheless residing there, actively, in their very own distinctive approach,” stated artist Hong Moran. “There are greater than 200 completely different characters within the sport, and we strive our greatest to make every of them convincing and distinctive.”
Pixpil claims Eastward ought to have round 30 hours of gameplay, and can launch at $24.99 with pre-orders already obtainable by Steam, GOG, and the Humble Retailer. You’ll be able to see the launch trailer above. IGN additionally just lately shared 25 minutes of unique gameplay.
Eastward is Pixpil’s first sport because the 10-person group was established in Shanghai in 2015 by Tommo Zhou, Ye Feng, and Moran. In 2018 it introduced a publishing partnership with Chucklefish, which has collected a observe report of publishing profitable pixel artwork video games like Stardew Valley, Wargroove, Starbound, and Starmancer.