The Nintendo Switch looks set to get a strong launch lineup ahead of its March 2017 release, but mystery still surrounds the console’s third-party lineup.
We now finally have our first solid, confirmed look at a third-party game for Switch, and it looks pretty darn amazing.
Revealed by Gameblog.fr, Seasons Of Heaven is being developed in Unreal Engine 4 exclusively for Switch by French indie studio Any Arts Productions.
The game is about a young boy named Yann, who has Asperger syndrome and is roaming a post-apocalyptic world with his French bulldog Ani. I can already sense the feels.
It’s based on a French novel of the same name by Nico Augusto, which seems to predict a ruthless, barren future world:
“Seasons of Heaven will take you from deep inside of a mystical forest at the beginning of time all the way through to the twenty-first century and the fall of civilization. It will take you on a journey with Yann, a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome and his faithful companion, Ani, a French bulldog who Yann is able to communicate with through telepathy.
“As you follow along on their journey you’ll have the opportunity to meet the rest of the major players and bear witness to the enlightenment of some and the demise of others.”
So based on the book, the game world of Seasons Of Heaven will be one where animals are extinct, trees are dying, and the water is undrinkable. Sounds … inviting.
The relationship between Yann and Ani sounds like an intriguing one: the two will share a telepathic connection, which could be a key component of the adaptation’s gameplay.
Gameblog reports that players will indeed be able to control both characters in the game. Take that, The Last Guardian.
As you can see in the screenshots, Unreal Engine 4 makes for some truly beautiful environments, lighting and textures, so you definitely need to keep this one high on your most-wanted list of Switch launch titles.
Switch is scheduled for release in March 2017.