Written by Jack Allin — November 18, 2016 at 13:34
Asian mysticism tends to get short shrift in video games, at least in the western world. But Spanish developer Fosfatina is looking to help change that with the announcement of Saucer-Like, coming early next year.
Saucer-Like is described as Asian-inspired "animist fable" about a boy named Yanagi, who is facing his "life's most transcendental day. With a divided heart he faces an irrevocable decision that might either unite him with his clan, or tear them apart forever." But he isn't the only once facing such a dilemma, as "the rest of the townspeople struggle with this very same decision, and the consequences it will bring. For once the unavoidable ritual begins, there will be no turning back..."
While plot details on what exactly is involved in this "reflection on the individual's role in society," what we know for sure is how stylish it is. The early screenshots and trailer showcase Saucer-Like's distinctive hand-painted backgrounds and 2D animations with an anime look. The developers are promising more than 40 scenes to explore, accompanied by an instrumental soundtrack that complements the game's evocative mood. But while the aesthetic may be anything but traditional, the gameplay will be much more familiar, offering an "old school point and click adventure" experience.
There is no firm launch date just yet, but Saucer-Like is currently targeting completion for Windows in January 2017, with Mac and Linux versions to follow. In the meantime, the game is seeking support through Steam Greenlight.