With the official confirmation of the release date of the Switch just a few weeks away, Nintendo fans have been getting increasingly excited to find out more details about the upcoming console. In particular, gamers have been intrigued to see exactly what kind of library the Switch will have, outside of the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the already-expected Nintendo staples of new Mario games. Now, those thinking about buying a Switch can get a look at another game in development for the console – Seasons of Heaven.
This may not be a big name for many, but it’s an interesting project nonetheless. Seasons of Heaven, which is based on the novel of the same name, is an independent release from developer AnyArts Productions. Initially revealed earlier this year, Seasons of Heaven has now received its debut gameplay trailer, which can be seen below.
The trailer itself showcases some of the game’s lush environments, before revealing the main characters of the game: Yann, a boy with Asperger’s syndrome, and his French bulldog Ani. Beyond that, AnyArts Productions ups the ante in terms of mystery, giving glimpses at giant creatures, ghostly characters, and obscure items spotted around the game world.
So far, the title looks intriguing, with an Unreal Engine 4-based game world that begs to be explored. Although there have been some criticisms of the animation in particular, it was a bold move from AnyArts to showcase the game in such an early, alpha form, and there’s definitely enough promise there to get gamers interested. It’s worth noting, of course, that this trailer is not running on Switch hardware, but instead on PC based on Switch specifications while awaiting a true Switch developer kit.
Although Nintendo fans will no doubt be awaiting a higher profile game to be confirmed for the Switch, the fact that Seasons of Heaven is being developed for the console at all shows promise. After all, many gamers are hoping that the potential full third-party support for the device is realised, and having a strong independent developer scene would be the icing on that cake. Hopefully, Seasons of Heaven will act as a pioneer for indie gaming on the console.
Over the next few months, there will doubtless be plenty of other games that see confirmation for the Switch, too. After all, rumors are already circulating over a Mario/Rabbids crossover game, as well as the release of the Dark Souls series for Switch. Let’s see exactly what Nintendo has planned when more details about the new console are known.
Seasons of Heaven will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The Switch is currently predicted to launch in March 2017, with release details to be confirmed in a Nintendo stream on January 12, 2017.