It more and more looks like I want a full alignment chart matrix to precisely describe the intersection of cozy video games and farm sims. Have been I to construct such a chart then Grave Seasons could be within the “lawful evil” class. It is obtained these cute pixel visuals that instantly get clocked as cozy and it is obtained farming and romantic entanglement with townsfolk besides wait, it is truly about catching a serial killer. And if you happen to aren’t cautious you would possibly romance the wrongdoer earlier than you determine who it’s.

Grave Seasons is at the moment in improvement by indie studio Excellent Rubbish and has been having a little bit of a second over on the comfortable video games nook of TikTok. Studio director Son M made a reasonably compelling pitch for it on Twitter again in 2021, saying:

“I wish to make a farming simulator a lot akin to Stardew Valley however with a bigger city, and every time you load a brand new game, it randomly selects one in all them to be a serial killer. Farm, fish, combat in your life, increase cattle, construct a house, romance, cease murders, fish some extra.”

(Picture credit score: Excellent Rubbish)

From what I can inform from Son M and Excellent Rubbish’s updates, it positive looks like that imaginative and prescient has remained intact. Within the latest screenshots the studio has shared, you’ll be able to spot a HUD monitoring the date, time, and participant money. There is a familiar-looking hotbar of instruments for farming, fishing, shearing, and milking. Oh sure and do not miss the little diary monitoring your relationship with every member of the city, the items you have given them, and who has been killed in an “accident?”

It sounds just like the farm sim model of Werewolf. Stardew Valley however highkey lethal. I’ll unironically assist the idea that cozy video games can contain homicide. 

Excellent Rubbish is definitely launching a distinct game this month—its debut game as a studio Love Shore—which is a cyberpunk narrative journey. Probably we’ll hear extra about Grave Seasons after Love Shore will get its time to shine.