Chucklefish Provides Insight Into Next Project Spellbound, A Game About Magical Schools

Chucklefish, the writer of the infectiously well-liked farming simulation recreation Stardew Valley, is working arduous on its next title Spellbound. Spellbound has the same aesthetic and vibe to Stardew Valley, however this time revolves round magic faculties as an alternative of agriculture.

In an interview with Red Bull Games earlier this week, Chucklefish&#zero39;s founder Finn Brice supplied loads of new tidbits about what we are able to anticipate from this college of wizardry sim the place you attend courses, construct relationships, craft, brew potions, and study magical spells.

“The sport revolves round your path via college, the relationships you construct, and your mastery of the a number of faculties of magic at your disposal,” Brice informed Crimson Bull Video games. “Gamers ought to anticipate to construct up their magical proficiency by enterprise college tasks. This might need them rising magical crops and creatures in herbology or taking up the denizens of the forest in elemental magic.

Though Brice explains that the crew was unsurprisingly influenced by J.Okay. Rowling&#zero39;s Harry Potter, they describe Spellbound&#zero39;s world as "very not like Hogwarts." The magic on this universe is extra "sensible," taking inspiration from Terry Pratchett&#zero39;s Tiffany Aching collection, Garth Nix&#zero39;s Previous Kingdom collection, Studio Ghibli animations, and Cartoon Community&#zero39;s Steven Universe.

Brice explains that quite a lot of emphasis is put in your path via college, the place you enhance your magical proficiency via tutorial tasks in courses like Herbology, the place you would possibly create magical creatures and crops. College and social life will present many alternatives for befriending characters, delving into quests, relationship, and extra. Brice hints that there will likely be some stunning components to relationship in Spellbound, the place gamers could also be "a little shocked the primary time they get dumped."

Fight can be a key characteristic, and the crew describes this iteration as harking back to "Zelda-like retro motion RPGs, with spellcasting taking the place of swords, bows and bombs." By combining and unlocking components, gamers will be capable of activate completely different sorts of spells which might then be used within the forest dungeon.

You possibly can learn our evaluation of Chucklefish&#zero39;s earlier recreation, Stardew Valley, by heading here.

[Supply: Red Bull Games]


Our Take
I like each Harry Potter and Stardew Valley, so a hybrid of the 2 is admittedly thrilling to me. I&#zero39;ve been eagerly awaiting extra details about Spellbound, and this interview helps make clear some fascinating mechanics. I&#zero39;m actually interested in how Steven Universe influences this recreation and what each courses and spellcasting will likely be like. Sounds neat up to now!

Supply: Gameinformer