Imagine Firewatch, but it's set in the English countryside, and instead of being about fires and watching, it's about metals and detecting. Add in a splash of romance, a dash of intrigue, and the voice of Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams from Doctor Who) and you've got The Magnificent Trufflepigs, brought to you from new studio Thunkd, with Everybody's Gone To The Rapture designer Andrew Crawshaw at the helm.
Sure, it might sound like a unique and odd proposition to have an entire game about metal-detecting, especially when the studio themselves notes that you'll mostly be finding "rubbish" - but did anyone imagine that a game about exploring the forests and making sure they aren't on fire would be such a hit?
The game's story focuses on Beth, although players will be taking the role of Adam in first-person. A long time ago, Beth found an earring at a local farm, which gave her brief fame, cash, and a sense of importance, and she's been trying to replicate that feeling ever since by trying to find the earring's match.
The Magnificent Trufflepigs is being produced in partnership with AMC Games and SundanceTV, giving the project a glossy sheen of prestige television, and although the story seems pretty mild at first blush, the developers guarantee that Beth and Adam will "dig up much more than she bargained for" along the way.
The game will come to PC and Switch in early Summer, and you can wishlist it ahead of time on Steam.
So, what do you think about The Magnificent Trufflepigs? We quite like the title, but it's definitely... unique. Give us your thoughts in the comments below!
I love these narrative, "walking simulator" games. Will for sure be checking out this one when it comes out!
Can we have an option to give up the hobby at the start of the game because metal detecting ruins archaeology and should be illegal?
Yeah, this is a game for me. Plus Arthur Darvill is great. I miss him in Legends of Tomorrow.
Wow. Just reading about this makes me relax. I am totally in.
Throw in Toby Jones as a playable character and 'Dirt Sharks' as NPCs and I'll bite.
This reminds me of Detectorists.
Ok - so, this actually looks super interesting. Looking forward to more information.
I absolutely loved Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, so I will be keeping an eye on this. EGTTR was just so atmospheric and eerie, a truly unnerving and haunting game.
As long as the dialogue isn't as unrealistic as Firewatch I'm in.
@Brummieendo90 your grasp of escapism is a bit shy of what might be needed to enjoy these subversive tales.
@Brummieendo90 how else would I be able to add to my collection of roman coins and artifacts if they made metal detection illegal?
looks intresting. but does anyone want coin game for switch
@Peterchu My thoughts exactly!
That sounds fascinating, Mr. Fuggles! I'd love to hear about it, if you don't mind sharing. Roman coins!! [Bounces around in cage]
So, if I were to play this, it would be the second game on my Switch that prominently features... collecting junk in England. (Horace, in case you're wondering.)
You are a strange folk.
@COVIDberry I live close to Chester which was a fortified Roman City so growing up with the history I've always been fascinating by the culture (although not to the extent of actually digging up artefacts, I'm far to lazy for that sort of physical exercise.)
I'm Welsh so also have the luxury of saying they were unable to conquer my country, neither were the Vikings who also set up camp in Chester after the Romans left.
I live close to Chester which was a fortified Roman City ...
I'm Welsh so also have the luxury of saying they were unable to conquer my country, neither were the Vikings...
@Mr-Fuggles777 Sir, all of this can only be described as truly élite. I don't remember Edward Gibbon mentioning much about any of this!
I was not really aware of Chester before, save for the name. This seems like an interesting part of the UK; looks to be approximately the geographic centre of the country, with some attractive places nearby. Or so it looks from here. I wonder what the paddling is like.
I have been obsessed with castles and fortified places since childhood, so... damn, I'm jealous. I'm planning a long, massive trip to Europe and this is precisely the kind of thing I look for...
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