Eastward, an indie adventure game with RPG trappings is Nintendo Switch-bound. Announced earlier today in the Indie World broadcast, Pixpil Games had previously announced the game back in April for PC and Mac, but Chucklefish is now publishing the game on Nintendo's platform.
As you can see from the original trailer above, it has a gorgeous pixel style inspired by Japanese animation of the 1990s. You control miner John and must guide a strange girl named Sam through a post-apocalyptic world that's teetering on the edge of total meltdown (it seems the apocalypse is just the prelude to the end rather the actual apocalypse, then).
According to the official blurb, it's a "wonderfully weird world, exploring bustling towns, curious campsites and shady forests". As apocalypses go, this one's sounding more and more appealing! It looks to our eyes like somebody threw The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Earthbound and Thimbleweed Park in a blender and produced a delicious, pixelised, retro-flavoured smoothie. Here are some more details from the blurb followed by some screenshots:
- Discover the wonderfully weird world of Eastward. Jump aboard the cross-country railway which spans this decaying continent, stopping off to explore its bustling towns, curious campsites and shady forests.
- Fend off peculiar monsters and ferocious bosses with your weapon of choice – be it a gun, flamethrower or your trusty ol’ frying pan.
- Switch between controlling John and Sam to solve environmental puzzles and fight your way through formidable dungeons, separating to unlock hidden paths or sticking together as you traverse a perilous landscape.
There's no official date yet, but we're told it's scheduled to land 'early 2020', so we'll be keeping 'em peeled. We'll leave you with the original announcement trailer from April:
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