Eastward
PC Gamer|July 2019
Eastward

A trip back to the golden age of Asian RPGs.

Malindy Hetfeld

One look at Eastward, and you can immediately tell what made the pixel art aficionados at Chucklefish fall in love with it. From colourful environments filled with detail to the unique characters softly bouncing with each breath, Eastward feels alive, even though it’s set in a world that’s anything but.

With Eastward, developer Pixpil has decided to go all out – the first project for the Shanghai-based team is looking to Japanese RPGs from the late ’80s and early ’90s for inspiration, a genre that originated enduring videogame characters and approaches to adventure gameplay. You take control of John and Sam, a taciturn miner and a small girl with a magnificent mane of white hair. Together they travel a post-apocalyptic world. Pixpil is staying as tight-lipped as John about any plot details, but they did let slip that the fact that Sam uses magic makes her someone really special.

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July 2019