[This press release has been provided by Studio Drydock and is presented by the GOA team for your information]
Australian game developers Studio Drydock have announced their award-winning game Wylde Flowers will release on Nintendo Switch and Steam on September 20th 2022.
Developed by a women-led team, Wylde Flowers is highly anticipated for these platforms after reaching close to half a million players on Apple Arcade. In June the game received an Apple Design Award for Inclusivity, with glowing reviews for its organic portrayal of diverse characters in a cozy, in-game community. This award was particularly important for the team, as inclusion and diversity in Wylde Flowers characters and their stories has been deeply important from their earliest days of development.
Creative Director Amanda Schofield commented: “Coming to the Nintendo Switch and Steam platforms is the dream we set out for with Wylde Flowers, and is a natural home for our game. We can’t wait to bring this experience to more players, and share the world we’ve created for them.”
In Wylde Flowers, players join Tara on a heartfelt journey to become a witch. Players farm by day, and cast spells by night as they craft a cottagecore life, and bond with their coven. Reviews have often noted getting to know (and love) the fully voice acted characters of Fairhaven, as players unravel a local mystery and breathe life into their farm.
Some key elements in Wylde Flowers:
- A touching story, with lots of heart in a cozy magical world.
- Narrative discovered through 7+ hours of cutscenes, which are fully voice acted. Wylde Flowers has over 215,000+ words and over 20 hours of voiced content.
- Impressive cast of 29 voice actors, including BAFTA award winners such as Cissy Jones (Firewatch), Valerie Rose Lohman (What Remains of Edith Finch), Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV) and Erika Ishii (Apex Legends).
- A 3D world is populated with diverse residents (every walk cycle is unique!), with care given to details such as detailed lip sync animations, as well as living flora and fauna.
- An adaptive music score that utilises a real orchestra.
On the inclusive themes in Wylde Flowers:
‘It’s one of the first games I’ve seen do inclusion right – there’s so much representation with no coddling or explaining. For example, no-one needs to explain that Kim is nonbinary, people just use their pronouns. Kim is free to talk about their experiences without educating the whole town (or the player), which is so great to see.’ – Sadboi, an early player
Wylde Flowers can now be pre-ordered on Steam, or added to Steam Wishlists to make sure they don’t miss the launch day. Players intending on picking up Wylde Flowers on Nintendo Switch should join the mailing list for key launch news and a launch notification. The Wylde Flowers Discord is a key place for news and updates, and Apple Arcade members can play Wylde Flowers here.