Sometimes once I hear I am getting a “gameplay first look” for an upcoming game I do not count on all that a lot: possibly a video lasting about 5 minutes exhibiting some fight, a little bit of exploration, probably some constructing or crafting. However nothing too intensive: a primary look is often only a fast snack,not a banquet.

That wasn’t the case this morning with cozy group MMO Palia. The gameplay first look was an enormous hour-long presentation hosted by a number of members of Singularity 6’s growth crew. This was a Starfield Direct-style affair, overlaying virtually the whole lot you may wish to see in motion: character creation, crafting, base-building, adventuring, quests, romance, plus two massive life-sim staples: fishing and cooking.

These final two actions actually leapt out of me, as a result of whereas I often consider them as considerably solitary pursuits, even in multiplayer video games, Palia turns them right into a co-op affair. Sure, you possibly can fish and cook dinner solo, however there are advantages to doing them alongside different gamers.

The fishing minigame entails casting the road into the water and reeling it again whereas attempting to preserve the fish in a goal zone. And whereas it is not designed to be overly difficult or irritating, some uncommon or high-quality fish may wind up being troublesome to reel in. That is where fishing alongside different gamers is available in. You will get a buff only for fishing close to one other participant that can make reeling in your catch simpler. And there is one other solution to make fishing a crew sport: You’ll be able to stroll as much as a participant who’s fishing and provides them encouragement (like clapping), and that can make the fishing minigame simpler for them. The extra gamers cheering you on, the simpler it’s going to be to catch a fish. Fairly cool.

And cooking seems to be like enjoyable, too: it is a collection of minigames you possibly can full alongside your pal as you put together sophisticated dishes. The gameplay video reveals two gamers standing subsequent to one another at completely different cooking stations, participating in meal preparation like chopping substances, stirring pots, and flipping meals in a frying pan. It seems to be enjoyable and it looks as if a neat solution to preserve the exercise recent over time, since placing collectively the identical recipes time and again can finally really feel a bit stale. As for the completed meals themselves, consuming a meal fills up your focus meter which provides you a buff to expertise gained whereas doing different actions. 

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As for the remainder of Palia’s first gameplay reveal, if you happen to’ve performed numerous life sims and farming video games most of what you see within the trailer will look totally acquainted. I am additionally personally not a serious fan of that artwork type, which I might describe as “Disney Fortnite Valley”—it is completely nice however does not actually stand out. That mentioned, the MMO definitely seems to be prefer it’s packed filled with issues to do, and I am trying ahead to leaping in with some mates and seeing simply how badly we will butcher a meal.

Palia goes into closed beta in early August: you possibly can join on the official site.