The oddly named Australian indie developer Prideful Sloth is cooking up an adventure game in Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles that’s very Zelda-esque.
Everyone is talking about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at the moment and for good reason. It’s getting rave reviews everywhere and it’s a launch title for Nintendo’s exciting new console the Switch. But that’s all kind of useless news if you own a PS4 or a PC, right? Well if you are suffering some Zelda-envy, listen up - there is an indie developer working on a game that’s not just in the genre, but has startling similarities to Link’s latest adventure.
The game in question is Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles from Australian developer Prideful Sloth - out on July 18. Yes, you read the studio’s name correctly. Don’t let the name fool you, however: the team is mostly made up of ex-Rocksteady (Batman Arkham series) staff, which is great pedigree.
So where to start with the Zelda comparisons? Well just take a look at the trailer below. From the colour palette, to the landscape features and even the little creatures you come across – the fox is a dead-ringer – you can squint and easily see Breath of the Wild in action. The story, about a dark cloud slowly consuming an otherwise lush land is likeminded, too. And the eight different environments – beaches to snow-capped mountains no less – crafting mechanics, hundreds of joyful NPCs and even a day/night cycle read like Nintendo’s bullet points.
But it’s all good. We’re not having a go – to be compared with the great work of Nintendo and the amazing Breath of the Wild is a badge of honour. While the similarities in this title and Zelda: Breath of the Wild are impossible to ignore, considering Yonder is out on July 18, the titles have clearly been in parallel development for quite some time. Yonder: The Cloud Chronicles is shaping up to offer a far meatier experience than most indie titles and an adventure I’m thoroughly looking forward to.
It also gives PS4 and PC fans with coveting Zelda something exciting to look forward to in just a few months. Well done Sloths.
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