Publisher tinyBuild and developer Gentleman Rat have announced Critter Cove, a life simulation in which you rebuild an island. It will launch in Early Access for PC via Steam in 2023, followed by a full launch across PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC at a later date.
Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
Dive into the world of Critter Cove, a life simulation game where you rebuild an island town alongside a huge cast of charming townsfolk. Set sail and explore a vibrant and mysterious archipelago. Discover relics, craft items, and make new friends. Your new life in this cozy island paradise awaits!
- Rebuild a Neglected Town – Employ your engineering skills to improve the town, bringing back shops and community spaces. If the Caring Community Commission approves, you’ll lift Critter Cove through the ranks, unlocking new buildings to renovate, new items to craft, and new features to enrich your town!
- Salvage Trash, Craft Treasures – Rebuild the town of Critter Cove from the ground up. Craft weird and wonderful items using resources scavenged from across the world. Repurpose trash, debris, and driftwood into useful tools, machinery, and furniture.⠀
- Recruit New Critters and Build a Community – As your town levels up, you’ll need to find and recruit an adorable cast of animal townsfolk to move in. Assign them jobs that suit their unique personalities, build them homes, and help them become a part of your flourishing island community.
- Make New Friends – From a snarky bearded dragon to a robot puzzled at the peculiarities of meat-based beings, you’ll always be forging new relationships with the world’s eclectic characters.
- Explore A Hand Crafted Open World – Expand the town’s horizons by exploring an intricate open world for relics, blueprints, and shipwrecked critters.
- Master the Waves—and the Oceans – And that’s just on dry land—below the waves there’s a wondrous world of mysterious ruins, shipwrecks and ancient technology. Craft new equipment to dive deeper and sail farther, and discover new places and bizarre peoples!
- Make Critter Cove Your Own – Play as a human or a huge range of animal characters. Select, refurbish, and personalize your own home—and your wardrobe—with a broad selection of furnishings, fashions and designs.
- Take Life at your Own Pace – Embark on an adventure to far flung islands, or relax and spend the afternoon fishing. Take on quests and crafting orders from the locals, or decorate your house exactly how you want—it’s up to you!
Whatever you do, don’t forget to sit back, soak in the sights and sounds of this idyllic world, and embrace a cozy island lifestyle!
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.