During My household is still mourning the untimely death of Disney Infinitythe former film studio and now cultural monopoly, today unveiled a new video game, the When Disney Is Yours MatterShe takes great care of your belongings.
Here is the trailer for Disney Dreamlight Valleyshowcasing a game described by the developers as a “life sim adventure” and also inspired by animal crossing how it is The Sims:
That’s the good news! This multiverse shit is exactly what Disney fans are into, which explains the success of it all Kingdom Hearts to (initially) Disney Infinity to… well, Disneyland itself. I showed this trailer to my wife and daughter this morning and they went insane, one at the occasional transition between films, the other at the look of it animal crossingonly with Anna selfies.
And I have to admit, for what this is about – not a video game but an exercise in exploring a fandom – it looks cool as hell. Do I want to play a fishing minigame? Eh, I could take it or leave it. Do I want to go fishing with Goofy? Yes. Here’s more of the game’s official pitch:
We’re particularly proud of the game’s rich, immersive, story-driven campaign. The Disney and Pixar characters you meet have their own unique storylines and friendship goals, both of which you can complete through exploration, gift-giving, and other fun activities that introduce you to new ways of meeting your friends.
Your days will be filled with everything from making delicious Disney desserts at your village restaurant alongside Disney’s Remy and Pixar’s Ratatouille, to using your latest catch from your time at the fishing hole with Goofy, to vegetables you’ve planted and harvested The Garden Bed by Wall-E.
As you help your new friends, you’ll gradually begin clearing the nightthorns around Dreamlight Valley with the power of your inner magic, resulting in new areas opening up with new characters to explore.
Best of all, we regularly update the game with more content, including activities that coincide with new Disney and Pixar movies and events.
Now for the not-so-great news: This is a free-to-play game being developed by mobile specialists Gameloft, which means various things you saw in that trailer above will be locked away behind purchases.
During early reports saying there’s “fairly non-aggressive monetization” to be found, the jury will obviously be on this whole thing until people have had a chance to sit down and play it when it comes out properly in 2023 (although there is one Early Access version will be available later this year).
As for platforms, it will come to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Mac, Switch and the App Store.