Over the previous 12 months, an idyllic life sim starring anthropomorphic animals has quietly picked up steam. No, it’s not a brand new Animal Crossing. It’s an under-the-radar sport referred to as Hokko Life, and it’s coming to consoles subsequent month.
At first look, Hokko Life undeniably bears a powerful resemblance to Animal Crossing, Nintendo’s juggernaut sequence of life sims. Each video games are set in an idyllic little city, populated by animals who stroll and discuss and stay out cute approximations of human lives. Each put an emphasis on farming and adorning. Just like the villager participant character from Animal Crossing, you’ve a bit of ax. The plain similarities, you’ll word within the video above, don’t finish there.
However Animal Crossing has solely ever been playable on Nintendo machines. There’s a vacuum for that particular taste of sport within the PC and mainline console ecosystems, which Hokko Life has presupposed to fill. Final 12 months, shortly after it grew to become accessible in early entry on Steam, Kotaku Australia famous that it didn’t fairly really feel meaty sufficient to justify public availability.
That was then. That is now. All through its 12 months in early entry, studio Wonderscope Video games—the moniker for sport dev Robert Tatnell, who’s making Hokko Life solo—has rolled out quite a lot of updates, to the purpose the place Hokko Life is kind of a full sport. One added a ton of recent objects. One other added a perks system, kinda just like the one that’s current in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However Hokko Life isn’t a precise one-to-one remapping of the sport that outlined the pandemic’s early goings. Customization in Hokko Life is much extra sturdy, for example.
Hokko Life is at the moment playable in early entry on Steam, the place it has a “largely optimistic” ranking primarily based on about 1,000 evaluations. It’ll see its full launch on PC, but additionally on Swap, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, on September 27.