Aussie bushland adventure game Paperbark looks gorgeous in its first trailer
A wombat is just the hero Australian video games need.
You can tell PAX Australia is right around the corner, as plenty of Aussie game developers are bringing out the big guns with announcements for their new games. First it was Ashes Cricket, and now we have an absolutely stunning trailer for the upcoming adventure game Paperbark.
Beginning as a student project from RMIT University students Ryan Boulton, Nina Bennett and Terry Burdak, Paperbark takes heavy inspiration from the trio's background growing up in regional Victoria. The game stars a sleepy, adorable wombat as it ventures out into the Aussie bush in search of food, friends and any other interesting adventures it might find along the way.
The striking art style brings to mind many of the picture books I read as a kid, and the team at developer Paper House directly call out renowned Aussie stories like Possum Magic and Snuggle Pot and Cuddlepie for their influence on the game. In fact, the story for Paperbark is penned by Renee Treml, an experienced children's author behind books like Ten Little Owls and The Great Garden Mystery.
Paperbark's origins are just as impressive as its visuals. The three developers initially showed the game off at Melbourne's Freeplay Festival before being picked up as part of the Game Connect Asia Pacific Student Showcase in 2015. From there, the team scored funding from Film Victoria and were able to establish their own studio Paper House to build the project out into a fully-fleshed adventure game.
If you find Paperbark's unique take on the Aussie bush as captivating as we do, you won't have to wait too long to get your hands on it. The game is scheduled for an early 2018 release on iPad and iPhone. It'll also be on the show floor at PAX Australia later this week, so be sure to head down to the Melbourne Convention Centre if you're eager to see it in person.
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