The influence of both Stardew Valley and Breath Of The Wild can not be stopped. Exhibition no. 23590: Palia, which appears to contain elements of both. The announcement trailer shows lush, green hills, players using gliders, and a focus on breeding, home decoration and romantic NPCs. What sets it apart is that it is also an MMO.
Here is the trailer:
I’m not sure how these activities relate to the multiplayer elements, or exactly how “massive” an MMO it is. The press release also mentions a “social matchmaking system”, which indicates that the world will be instantiated, but I do not know if you want gardening together or just jogging with bows and bumpers according to the video. Is it an MMO, or is it just co-op Stardew Valley with Aliens and a better update pipeline – Temtem of farming?
Palia is developing Singularity 6, a new studio founded by veterans of “Blizzard, Epic, Riot, Zynga and Sony”. Page description: these companies are so large, and employ so many people with such low staffing, that pretty much every new studio I hear about is founded by former employees of the same companies.
No matter how staged it may be, the trailer is cute. I feel that the robot man with the straw hat is a cheap trick to charm me, but it worked. It’s also been a long time since anything in the MMO genre has caught my eye, and honestly I’m just happy to see a game that borrows from places other than EverQuest.
We’ll learn more when Palia’s pre-alpha launches this summer, and you can sign up to be involved via the official website.