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Yonder: The Game You May Not Have Known About Releases Today

I was pleasantly surprised by a possible gem of a game yesterday when Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles was announced on the Playstation blog and was set to release the very next day. Maybe I missed the memo or something but this one sure came out of the blue for me. And as I mentioned, it looks to be a pleasant surprise.

Yonder is the first game developed by Prideful Sloth, a developer that is based in Australia. Most of the members worked on other big triple A games and have banded to together to continue a trend I’m starting to notice. There are quite a few developers that come from big name companies and are making their own company. They are then making indie games that have a big game feel to them. 

Yonder is an open ended game that has some stylistic but beautiful graphics. You’ll travel through several different environments doing different activities including farming, fishing, and taming creatures. You’ll also be trying to clear the island of a substance called Murk which is blocking parts of the island off. 

The main point of the game is exploration. It’s all about traveling and finding the secrets the world has to offer all while enjoying the view. One thing that might turn off some gamers is the fact that there is no combat. There isn’t a game over screen or any way to die. The reason for that is to focus on the aspect of discovery and exploration. Whether that works in the long run remains to be seen but for now it looks like a very relaxing trip into another world. 

Yonder (that name starts sounding funny after saying it several times...) looks to be an interesting mix of several aspects from other games to create a relaxing game that’s all about exploration. That may turn out to be a bit eventually for some people but that may not be a bad thing either. It might be a good alternative to come home and play after a long day at work for example. I'm going to go and find out. Since it's already out and all that. 

What do you think of Yonder? Does it look like it will be a good game? Or will the gameplay and lack of major obstacles or combat turn out to be a boring?

Tags: yonder, prideful sloth, exploration, beautiful

7/18/2017 6:05:21 PM Christopher D. Anderson

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