We haven’t seen a peaceful, enjoyable indie track since last year. Just a few months after its debut at The Game Awards, the title seems to have stalled following a number of workplace hate allegations. However, Play status today proved the game is still in development and is due out in the fall. The surprise release window is fast approaching, but the stunning new trailer shows that Season: A Letter to the Future will be ready.
The part will not give you the task of fighting monsters or saving the world. Rather, the game puts the player in the shoes of a traveler named Estelle, who is documenting everything around her for posterity. There are hints that Season’s sweeping vistas, sun-drenched fields and flowing waterfalls will cease to exist for future generations. The trailer explains that no one knows what will happen when the “season” ends, which makes it extremely important to document the world for the future. We see the protagonist perform this task in a variety of ways, such as journaling, photography, and recording. She also stops to talk to people around her as she explores the landscape on her bike.
As a story designer, Meg Hutchison explains:
The time you spend with others is very important. You help them get through their quiet moments of crisis. In their lives, the change coming to the world is not abstract, it is immediate. They are trying to navigate, to survive, to find a way to live. You help them. You remember them. The choices you make have resonance, and the importance of what you’re doing becomes increasingly visible. Showing your recordings to these characters you meet can also yield useful pieces of information or a moment of connection.
The game looks like it will become a beautiful and contemplative experience when it launches on PlayStation and PC consoles this fall.