With everything that’s been happening recently, it seems a bit hard to believe that the current generation of gaming is coming to a close. With the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 set to release during the holiday season of this year, we’re bound to see more titles being announced for the cross-generation period.
One of the very first announced is Roots of Pacha, from developer Soda Den and publisher Crytivo. The game is a mash-up of cooperative RPG with life and farming simulation elements, all set during humanity’s earliest days in the Stone Age. It’s expected to launch across all platforms, both from this generation and the next in 2021, in addition to the Nintendo Switch and PC. Check out the announcement trailer for Roots of Pacha below.
One thing that’s for certain with this title is its rather distinct art style. Roots of Pacha features a weird, yet appealing mix of cartoonish and pixel art. The calm and relaxing atmosphere is very reminiscent of Stardew Valley, as it also shares the same top-down perspective. The farming aspect also seems very involved, with complex systems like irrigation and wells being used. Besides farming, the trailer also shows off animal taming as well as raft-building.
The ultimate goal of Roots of Pacha is to settle down with your clan after roaming the wildlands of the prehistoric world. You can do this by yourself or with other players, but there seems to be a greater focus towards the latter as you develop technology, discover various flora to farm, harvest crops, and domesticate various animals.
Roots of Pacha also boasts a myriad of social aspects, mostly centered on your clan and how it develops as the game progresses. Much like Stardew Valley, you and up to three other players can help the other villagers develop new ideas for building and crafting. You can also nurture relationships with other villagers, culminating in extravagant festivals, communal dinners, or even marriage.
Roots of Pacha is set to be released for the PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam sometime in 2021.