Chicory: A Colorful Tale Will Bring Color Into Your Life Next Month

From creators on Night in the Woods, Wandersong, and Celeste.

Earlier this week, the developers behind the incredibly charming Chicory: A Colorful Tale announced its release date. The much-anticipated creative exploration game that will let you play as a dog who wields a magic brush will be released on June 10.

Chicory: A Colorful Tale was first officially unveiled on Aug. 15, 2019. In this top-down adventure, the world’s color has mysteriously vanished. Chicory, a superstar artist and official wielder of “the Brush,” is just as difficult to find. A wielder like her has plenty of fans — and you, as her biggest one, have taken it upon yourself to pick up the Brush and fill in for her.

You’ll use painting powers to explore, solve puzzles, make friends, and bring back colors. The entire screen will always be your canvas, allowing you to be as creative as your heart demands. Your creativity can manifest in neat and detailed painting or a colorful and nonsensical spectrum, and everything in between. While many games let you draw, this is one of the very few games in which you will have the freedom to draw on practically anything. The act of painting here isn’t just drawing; it’s a mechanical foundation that lets you manipulate the environment in various ways, especially as you gain more abilities.

It will be a game about art with plenty of room for its truest purpose: self-expression. In Chicory: A Colorful Tale, you’ll get to dress up how you want with collectible clothes, place collectible plants and furniture on the ground, take photos and art classes, and even paint with your friends in local co-op.

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Chicory: A Colorful Tale is being developed by a remarkably talented team. Greg Lobanov is its director, designer, programmer, and writer. He’s known for making Wandersong, Coin Crypt, Phantasmaburbia, and many other games. I haven’t been able to get around to Wandersong, but many critics and friends I know and trust have said and written wonderful things about it. So, I’ve been looking forward to getting around to this game and perhaps even going back to check out Wandersong.

This, combined with Lena Raine being the game’s composer, is what first drew my attention to Chicory: A Colorful Tale. Raine is known for creating the award-winning and widely praised Celeste soundtrack. (For good reason, of course; it’s immaculate.) She also composed the soundtrack for Guild Wars 2. I feel like it’s safe to say we can expect a diverse range of excellent styles and songs in Chicory’s soundtrack.

Chicory’s sound designer is Em Halberstadt, who has worked on notable hits like Night in the Woods, Untitled Goose Game, and Ikenfell. Its character artist is Alexis Dean-Jones, who previously worked on designs and storyboards at Slap Happy Cartoons. Lastly, its environment artist is Madeline Berger, whose unique wobbly linework can be seen in comics. Chicory is being published by FINJI, perhaps best known for publishing Night in the Woods and the upcoming Tunic.

Chicory: A Colorful Tale will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC on June 10. You can wishlist it on Steam here.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.

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