Cutesy Wootsy Open-World Adventure Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Arrives in July

Holy cow. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sure has a friendly rival for pure artistic beauty in an open-world environment, and from an indie game at that.

Taking a “micro-AAA” approach to game creation, Australian indie studio Prideful Sloth will release its debut flagship production, Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, on July 18th for PC and PlayStation 4.

“Yonder’s gorgeous and immersive fantasy world will send players on an epic quest to revitalize a troubled land,” says Cheryl Vance, co-founder and lead designer, Prideful Sloth, “With an inviting atmosphere, a massive open-world to explore and a wealth of mystery, Yonder will provide countless hours of entertainment.”

Yonder is an open-world adventure game that, thematically, appears to draw inspiration from titles like Harvest Moon and Rune Factory. In the game you will play as a shipwrecked youth exploring the eight diverse regions of an island world called Gemea, where skills such as brewing, cooking, crafting, farming, and fishing will be used to complete quests and cultivate relationships with the island’s inhabitants and native flora and fauna.

The game looks adorable and absolutely gorgeous, and I just want to snuggle up with it right now. Spring hasn’t even started yet, but Yonder has me wishing it was summer already.

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