At its E3 2019 press conference, Microsoft showed off Way to the Woods, an exploration game starring two deer in a post-apocalyptic landscape.
Melbourne-based developer studio Happy Bee, consisting of sole developer Anthony Tan, has worked on the game since 2015. Two deer in a strange, abandoned world without humans must find their way home. The deer will need to find food, shelter, safety, and answers. Way To The Woods is a third person adventure game.
Tan took inspiration from films such as Spirited Away, games including Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, and television shows such as Steven Universe. The trailer looks visually stunning and atmospheric.
In the trailer, two deer seem to have a kind of lonely but peaceful existence. As they embark on a journey back to the forest, they encounter creatures like gangs of raccoons and self-governing cats. They will also have to overcome challenges like solving puzzles and face a perilous black goo that corrupts whatever it touches.
The game will be released on PC in 2019; it was originally scheduled for release in early 2019.