Eastward, a new retro-inspired adventure game developed by Pixpil, was announced earlier today, complete with a trailer.
The pixel art project, which is published by Chucklefish of Terraria and Stardew Valley fame, oozes style and charm. The publisher describes the title as a “dual character adventure RPG with puzzle-solving and dungeon elements,” but the game certainly has a lot more going for it under the surface.
The premise of the project has been summed up in the trailer’s description: “As the world around falls to ruin, you play as hardworking digger John, who must guide a mysterious girl named Sam through dangerous decaying cities, inhabited by strange monsters, and even stranger people!”
Meanwhile, the art style draws inspiration from ’90s Japanese animation, as the decaying world the game takes place in offers a nice contrast to the cutesy aesthetic. The project boasts a unique ensemble of characters, and the teaser is brimming with intelligent animation styles and quirks.
Eastward runs entirely on its own engine, developed exclusively by Shanghai-based Pixpil, with the soundtrack composed by Hohokum of The Unfinished Swan fame and Goorgoa‘s Joel Corelitz. Words do not necessarily do this game justice, so be sure to check out the trailer embedded below: