Considering that Animal Crossing went mainstream last year, it’s only a matter of time until we see a wave of cozy living simulations. While we probably won’t see big companies like Ubisoft launch their own games of the genre for a few years, a new online game gives us a glimpse of what’s to come. out.
Palia is an upcoming PC life simulator developed by Singularity 6, a new studio founded by former Riot Games developers. The team behind the game made no attempt to hide its effects during a preview event for the title. The developers have checked the name Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Stardew Valley are major influences, and that’s immediately apparent in the game’s first trailer.
Although it may share similarities with other games, Palia There’s more to it thanks to its colorful art style, in-depth social features, and massively multiplayer online game elements.
Palia brings the concept of life simulation to a high fantasy setting. Players begin by creating a human character through a custom tool. Then they are dropped into a lush world full of rolling hills. At first glance, it looks like a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild And it wasn’t an accident. Singularity 6 considers the game to be the main influence. The characters can even be seen flying through the sky using roller coasters in the trailer (a popular portable item these days).
The game has many layers. At the most basic level, it’s a relaxing game where players can live a perfect virtual life. That starts with building a house. The trailer hints at a pretty powerful interior trim system that goes beyond the basic mesh of Animal Crossing. There’s a cooking pot on the stovetop, an acoustic guitar against the kitchen island, and more.
Some decoration styles are practical. The kitchen is used to access the game’s cooking system, where players can make meals from ingredients they find in the world through mini-games. Like Stardew Valley, players can grow and harvest crops, which are loaded into that system.
There are many familiar activities for Animal Crossing fans. Strange 6 notes that both fishing and catching bugs are part of the game. Players can also roam an ancient village filled with NPCs that they can interact with. Stardew Valley Loyalty will be happy to know that, yes, villagers are very romantic.
There is much more to be done beyond those activities, although the details are still a bit tight on certain aspects. There are several main storyline forms complete with quests, but they are not shown. Singularity 6 says that the game has some form of combat, but doesn’t elaborate on how exactly that works. The developers also alluded to a loot and level system of some sort, which seems to imply that there’s RPG mechanics at play.
What’s particularly neat is that players don’t need to participate in the story content or battles if they don’t want to. Singularity 6 says that things like combat are completely optional and that players don’t need to put their fingers on monsters to play the game. People who just want a relaxing world where they can relax and fish can do it.
A beautiful day in the neighborhood
What set? Palia apart from other games of its breed are its social features. In addition to being a life simulation game, it is also an official MMO where many people can play together. Players can team up with their friends to cook, go fishing or simply explore the world together.
The game features what its developers call a “neighborhood system,” a standalone system for traditional guilds. A nod to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, the system that allows friends to group together and access a range of social features. Players will get unique challenges and rewards for playing with their buds. The game won’t feature any form of PvP combat, but the developer says there could be events like fishing contests where friends can compete against each other.
While the game is technically a “multiplayer” game, Singularity 6 emphasizes its cozy nature. Players won’t necessarily jump into a server with thousands of people, as much as teaming up with a few friends to build a cooperative community. The developer plans to implement voice chat close to each other and is working on an automated moderation system to ensure malicious language doesn’t seep into the chilling experience of players.
While the game is still a work in progress, it’s a promising concept. Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘social features are missing, politely speaking. The idea of a life simulator designed with multiplayer at the forefront is a logical development for players looking to expand that experience. With a highly fantasy main story and lore interwoven into the more fluid nature of the genre, it feels like Palia maybe Animal Crossing for World of Warcraft players… with much smoother stuff.
The game will enter pre-alpha testing later this summer, and players can sign up starting today.