Another gorgeous looking indie RPG has bubbled to the top of the internet. Eastward comes from tiny three-person Shanghai developer Pixpil, and is inspired by genre classics Mother and The Legend of Zelda, with a 90s anime look. Here it is in action...
Pixpil is partnered with UK studio Chucklefish, creator of Starbound, which also helped bring Stardew Valley to market. The soundtrack is composed by Joel Corelitz, who also did the music for The Unfinished Swan and recent indie smash Gorogoa. Chucklefish describes Eastward as "a narrative-driven RPG with a soft sci-fi storyline".
That storyline goes like this: "In the not-too-distant future, the world around is falling to ruin, as the human population shrinks to an all-time low. You play as a hardworking digger named John, who discovers a mysterious young girl in a secret facility underneath his digging site. After being exiled from his village, John must guide this girl through dangerous decaying cities, inhabited by hordes of monsters and a quirky cast of characters!"
There's no release date yet, and no mention of what platforms it will be out for, but judging from the screenshots and trailer it's looking pretty close to completion. Pixpil has been working on it since 2015 so it's clearly a labor of love.