All right, so there’s a lot more going on in the footage than just the jeep. One would hope so, given that this Eastward clip is a whopper at 25 minutes in length. Eastward, in case you’re not yet aware, is an upcoming adventure RPG developed by Pixpil Games, and published by Chucklefish, who famously handled Stardew Valley. They’re also the developers behind hotly-anticipated wizardry school-life extravaganza Witchbrook, That’s a lot of words for one stuido there, but Chucklefish has always been a bit extra. The best sort of extra, mind you, and they’re handily one of my favorite indie studios.
In Eastward, the world is falling to ruin. You join John and Sam as their cross-continental railway journey cuts across lively cities, bumps up against fierce monsters, and introduces a motley cast of characters who will no doubt run the emotional gamut from tragic to comedic, concise to misunderstood. (It’s a Chucklefish game.)
Behold this fresh footage! Behold Quake City. Witness dungeon combat and please, for the love of Abigail, never, ever drive a Jeep the way this game portrays the act.
Eastward promises to get us groovin’ with a soundtrack from award-winning artist Joel Corelitz of The Unfinished Swan and The Tomorrow Children fame. Additionally, Irish sound design studio Hyperduck Soundworks is on board; you may have hummed along to their effects in such games as Dust: An Elysian Tail.
Switch sweethearts and Steam stalwarts alike will be able to play Eastward when it launches sometime later in 2021.