The Cloud Gardens Early Access release date has been announced, letting us know when we'll be able to play the next game from Kingdom: New Lands developer Noio.
Cloud Gardens looks like a delightfully relaxing game where players have to help nature reclaim abandoned structures. Players are confronted with rooftops and other isolated scenes along with a mission: can you place objects in the right places to encourage plants to grow?
Have a gander at the super-chill Cloud Gardens Early Access release date trailer to get a feel for the game's vibe!
As you can see from the above trailer, Cloud Gardens isn't exactly a super-intense twitch shooter or something like that. Players will largely be able to play a sandbox mode at their own pace, carefully crafting a strange sort of urban bonsai.
That's not to say there won't be any goals, mind. If you're keen for a more structured take on the theme, you'll be able to dive into a campaign of six chapters where you'll have to strike a balance between manmade creations and nature. The objects you place will help encourage growth, but those objects will also have to be covered in plants, adding in a light puzzle-solving element to this game, too.
"Cloud Gardens is the product of my ongoing fascination with nature and aesthetics in games," said game creator Thomas van den Berg in a press release. "I was looking for a way to turn the plant simulation itself into a game."
"It is essentially finding an interactive way to enjoy the beauty of overgrown landscapes, giving the player a sense of creativity and ownership of their creation, built from natural and manufactured elements," he continued. "I can’t wait to see the things people make!"
When is the Cloud Gardens Early Access Release Date?
The Cloud Gardens Early Access release date is September 9, 2020. A price has not been announced, nor has any additional platforms beyond Steam.
While quite a few Early Access games are in development for years on end, that isn't intended to be the case here. According to the game's Steam Store page, Cloud Gardens is expected to be in Early Access development for around 3 months, largely focusing on modifying the gameplay based on player feedback.
Future content will be developed based on how the playerbase interacts with the game, too; features in consideration include mod support, easy sharing of dioramas, more plant-growing mechanics, and others.
Cloud Gardens is shaping up to be a pretty interesting little game that might be worth checking out. For now, you can add Cloud Gardens to your wishlist on Steam.