Stardew Valley publisher announced that they’ll be teaming up with the Shanghai-based developer Pixpil for their new game Eastward. Inspired by 90’s Japanese animation, Eastward will be an adventure game set in the midst of a decaying world.
Players will take control of the story through the eyes of John, as he works to guide a mysterious girl through the collapsing society. More details on the game and the history of the developer can be found below:
Development started on Eastward at Pixpil’s Shanghai office in 2015, with only 3 team members, using a game engine of the studio’s own making. Built around pixel artist Hong Moran’s original intricate post-apocalyptic pixel designs, and the team’s love of the Mother and The Legend of Zelda series and older Japanese animation styles, Pixpil were inspired to create a narrative driven RPG with a soft sci-fi storyline. Since then not only the ambitions of the game has grown, but also the team, now sitting at 10 members strong as they work towards the PC and Mac release.
- Single player, dual character adventure RPG with puzzle-solving and dungeon elements.
- Join John and Sam in their emotional journey across a world falling to ruin.
- Meet a quirky cast of characters and encounter strange monsters and distant cities.
- Beautifully rich pixel art style, created using a combination of modern 3D lighting and retro-pixel style artwork.
- Soundtrack composed by Joel Corelitz (Hohokum, The Unfinished Swan, The Tomorrow Children, Gorogoa), with sound design from Irish studio, Hyperduck Soundworks.
At the time of writing this, Chucklefish has yet to announce a release window for the upcoming game. However, it has been confirmed to release on Steam with no word on a console release.