You have heard of a staycation? Properly, upcoming action-adventure RPG Dungeons of Hinterberg desires you to go on a “slaycation.” That is where you don your matching jacket and mountain climbing boots alongside together with your cool sword and go adventuring for a bit. Not as a severe occupation, thoughts you, simply because protagonist Luisa actually wants a break.

“Welcome to Hinterberg, a brand new vacationer hotspot within the idyllic Austrian Alps! You play as Luisa, a burnt-out legislation trainee taking a break from her fast-paced company life to beat the Dungeons of Hinterberg. There are many dungeons to search out and adventures available in Hinterberg—will Luisa be despatched packing on her first day, or stay to turn into a Grasp Slayer?” asks the Steam web page.

It is a quirky wanting little bit of game, simply introduced right this moment throughout Xbox’s showcase, that seeks to mix the allure of a life sim with the extra severe puzzle dungeons of your Legends of Zelda and the punchy, abilities-rich monster preventing of the broader motion RPG style.

I’ve to say that the pitch is fairly interesting while you see it in motion. Your character may have sword and magic abilities, however these are additionally used to discover the world. There’s point out of snowboarding down glaciers, ziplines by forests, and mountaineering searching for the eponymous dungeons to delve. These appear promising, too, as they’re slated to be stuffed with neat wanting puzzles—one of many examples proven is a really Monument Valley-esque perspective tweaking puzzle.

When the exploration is completed it’s going to be time for some good previous life sim story stuff. “Spend your nights forging friendships with the locals and different adventurers! A few of them will assist you get stronger or educate you new tips, others are simply right here for pleasure and selfies,” says developer Microbird Video games.

Dungeons of Hinterberg is now, additionally, a 3rd entry within the burgeoning anonymous style of video games set in extraordinarily mundane worlds very like ours however with some bizarre magical or technological twist. The primary, for me at the very least, was 2020’s Going Below, which was about unpaid interns “exploring the cursed ruins of failed tech startups” for candy loot and/or workplace provides. The second entries are Espresso Speak and Espresso Speak Episode 2.

Yow will discover Dungeons of Hinterberg on Steam, where it can launch in 2024. It is the primary game from Microbird and shall be revealed by Curve Digital.