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First seeds sown for The Gardens Between

Growing up isn't easy. There are sacrifices to make, challenges to overcome, and hard lessons to be learned. But it can also come with great hope and joy, and the journey isn't nearly as lonely or insurmountable when friends are involved. The Gardens Between will offer up an artistic look at the trials of two friends growing up when it's released later this year.

The Gardens Between tells the "bittersweet" story of childhood friends Arina, a "headstrong girl, and Frendt, a boy wise beyond his years," when they tumble into a land of lush but mysterious gardens. Although this surreal world is quite unlike the children's own, it is built out of "objects from their past to form curious combinations of time and imagination." With a newfound ability to travel backwards and forwards in time, their actions have tangible effects on the gardens, and "memories surface as the duo stargaze, illuminating the meaning and depth of their friendship."

Citing inspiration from titles like Myst and ICO, the game is described by indie Australian developer The Voxel Agents as a "dreamy tale of adventure and exploration" that features no spoken dialogue at all. As seen in its early screenshots and trailer, it's set in a visually stylish, 3D storybook world with a "meditative, ambient soundtrack" providing the appropriate mood. Time manipulation will be key to the "hand-crafted puzzle design" encountered along the way.

There is no firm release date yet for The Gardens Between, but the game is currently on pace to be completed for Windows and Mac sometime before the end of this year. To follow its progress in the coming months, be sure to check out the official website.

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