Zelda's great. On that, we can all agree. Fighting monsters! Exploring dungeons! Battling gigantic bosses! ...But Zelda games don't usually give Link much freedom when it comes to settling down. Although Breath of the Wild gave you a house for the first time — previously you were always living with family, or squatting in a treehouse — there wasn't much you could do with it. Gardening? Fat chance. Furniture? Lol no. And befriending the villagers? Good luck with that, mate.
But Lonesome Village may just offer the Zelda-Animal Crossing fusion that you've always dreamed of. Although there's no combat, you'll be doing a lot of exploration, finding mysterious ruins, solving puzzles, and uncovering long-lost secrets. When you're not out adventuring, you'll return home to the titular village and make yourself a life, befriending your neighbours, customising your house, and, of course, working in your garden.
...And fishing. What, you really thought there wouldn't be a fishing minigame?
Lonesome Village has finally bagged a release date on Switch, PC, and the various Xboxes: November 1st, 2022. If you can make it through the spooooookiest month, you'll come out the other side with a brand-new game about an anthropomorphic animal on a quest. And you know we love those.
What do you think of Lonesome Village? Tell us your thoughts in the trailer! Oh, and the main character is a coyote, not a dog or a fox. Just so you know.