More than three years in development, the indie platformer-adventure game Night in the Woods now has a firm release date for computers and PlayStation 4: January 10th.
A collaboration between Alec Holowka (Aquaria), independent animator Scott Benson (this amazing thing), and Bethany Hockenberry, Night in the Woods tells the story of disillusioned college dropout Mae, who returns to her small hometown of Possum Springs only to find she can’t quite recapture the glory days of her teenage years. And, of course, something sinister is afoot in the nearby, titular woods.
Juxtaposing Benson’s cute anthropomorphic animals with an offbeat sense of humor and more brutal observations about growing up in a middle-of-nowhere small town than should reasonably exist in a single game, Night in the Woods garnered quite a bit of attention when it was first pitched on Kickstarter in 2013. Sony has since picked it up as part of its growing library of independent titles, showcasing it both at huge media events like E3 and smaller independent game festivals like IndieCade. To say it’s been a hotly-anticipated title is, at this point, a dramatic understatement.
Despite being a Kickstarter backer at the retail edition tier, I didn’t actually get a chance to go hands-on with the game until just this past summer at Sony’s E3 booth. I liked it, a lot, and felt its depiction of Mae’s post-adolescent ennui cut to the bone in ways I could not have expected. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing players get their paws on this little charmer early next year.
(Paws, get it, because you’re a furry? Look nevermind.)
Night in the Woods launches simultaneously on Windows PC, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on January 10th, 2017. You can learn more about the game and look at some sweet gifs at its official website.