Regardless of making a powerful impression when it debuted in 2021, the peaceable “tiny MMO” Guide of Travels struggled to seek out an viewers. Layoffs at developer May and Delight rapidly adopted, and whereas the studio promised that work on the game would proceed, it was straightforward to imagine that it could finally be forgotten, and slide quietly into oblivion.

But it surely would not appear to be that is going to be the case. In August 2022 May and Delight laid out bold plans for the long run, and in a latest Steam update the studio mentioned that it is nearly able to “put out new gameplay content material, and develop the world of Braided Shore.”

“We’ve got put a variety of work into our backend, growth instruments, and enhancing the game efficiency general,” May and Delight wrote. “This work has enabled us to lastly inch our solution to opening the gates to not solely Kasa, however different new areas in Braided Shore as effectively.

“Right this second, there are methods to sneak into the locked metropolis, and because the mysteries of Kasa develop, you’ll discover new tales to pursue, and new areas to discover. There are each technical and narrative causes as to why we’re rolling out town in these ‘chapters,’ however we’re assured that the gradual burn can be price it, and we hope that you just’ll discover the brand new adventures rewarding.”

Guide of Travels is a beautiful game, but it surely’s not the best factor to leap straight into as a result of its game world actually is not designed to cater to gamers. As an alternative, very like an actual world, it simply is: Affiliate editor Lauren Morton known as it a “distinctly inconvenient” game when she selected Guide of Travels as her Game of the Yr private choose for 2021, describing it as “purposefully slow-paced and sometimes opaque”—however in a great way.

“The day and night time cycle is tied to the server your character is on: US East and West, Europe, or Asia,” she wrote. “There is a night time market you’ll be able to solely go to one night time of the week, quest giving characters that solely seem at a selected teahouse on Friday nights, and occasions that occur at explicit instances of day. Even its trains and boats between sure places run each couple of minutes.”

May and Delight’s work since then, which incorporates updates to the fight system (as a result of sure, Guide of Travels options fight) and the addition of an in-game journal, guarantees to make the game extra conventionally accessible, however would not sound like it should have a lot impression on the placid nature of gameplay general. That is factor: I really like the best way it appears, however my actual curiosity in Guide of Travels is rooted in its willingness to do one thing genuinely completely different, even when which means I’ve to work at it to get pleasure from it.

May and Delight promised that “in-depth appears” on the new options coming to Guide of Travels as they get nearer to launch.