Chucklefish, the developer/publisher known for its work on Starbound and Stardew Valley, announced a partnership with Shanghai developer Pixpil to bring the post-apocalyptic adventure Eastward to audiences everywhere.
Eastward has humble beginnings as an independent project built by Pixpil's three founding members around the work of pixel artist Hong Moran's mesmerizing work. The game stands as a love letter to classics like Earthbound and The Legend of Zelda. It's a narrative heavy experience mixed with action-RPG elements.
The adventure takes place in the not-too-distant future at a point when the human population has shrunk to dangerously low levels and monsters stalk the husks of abandoned cities. Players take on the role of John, a digger who unearths a hidden facility beneath his mine. In that facility, he finds a mysterious white-haired girl. This discovery sets John on a path that will take him away from his village and through countless dangers.
Since the company's founding in 2015, Pixpil has grown along with the scope of Eastward. The developer has brought on Joel Corelitz, the composer of The Unfinished Swan and Gorgogoa, to compose the soundtrack and the ever-amazing Hyperduck Soundworks to handle sound design.
There's no release date quite yet, but the trailer certainly has a lot of phenomenal pixel animations that are a real joy to see in motion.