Former Stardew Valley Developer Embarks on Creating a City-Based Life Simulation Game
Arthur Lee, known as "Mr. Podunkian" in the gaming community and whose past endeavors include contributing to the widely celebrated Stardew Valley, is now channeling his expertise into a new project. Taking a step away from the rural backdrop that made Stardew Valley a hit, Lee is in the midst of crafting a life simulation game rooted in an urban setting. Although this game has yet to be given a name, early glimpses have showcased stunning pixel art and dynamic character sprites, signaling that it might rise as a serious contender among games similar to Stardew Valley.
The move to a city environment hints at new forms of movement, and Lee excitedly teases the introduction of bicycles through a clip that brings to mind the nostalgic motions of riding in the classic Pokémon games. On social media, Lee playfully muses about the possibility of extravagant bicycle accessories, leaving fans to wonder about the customizable options that may soon be in store.
Another sneak peek into the game reveals that gamers can improve their characters by immersing themselves in books, enhancing a novel "Reading Skill" that, when elevated, allows the character to read in bed—a simple yet delightful development. This update piques curiosity over what other innovative skills may be integrated into the game, expanding beyond the familiar activities of farming, fishing, and foraging.
In a nod to the Harvest Moon series, a source of inspiration for Stardew Valley, Lee shares a serene feature in the form of an open-air hot spring designed to refresh characters after a taxing day. Accompanied by the peaceful sounds of water and bamboo, this relaxation spot adds an extra layer of tranquility, even when shared with an unanticipated guest.
Lee's online updates convey a sense of personal touch as he infuses his own experiences and personality into the game, endearing future players with its genuine allure that transcends mere audiovisual appeal. Furthermore, a commitment to inclusivity is evident as the game’s development has benefited from dialogue with Ubisoft's accessibility team and feedback from gamers with disabilities, leading to enhancements in the game’s accessibility features.
With the anticipation of a demo release slated for January 11th, Lee and his team are eager to gather further player input to refine these features before the full launch of The Lost Crown. This upcoming game seems poised to enchant players with its urban charm, engaging gameplay, and commitment to an inclusive gaming experience.