Whitethorn Games – publisher of inclusive, accessible, low-stress games including Lake, Calico, and Wytchwood – premiered their annual Whitethorn Games Winter Showcase.
During the event, the team revealed three new, upcoming games – Magical Delicacy, SkateFish, and Kernel Hearts – and showed a behind-the-scenes look featuring new gameplay for Botany Manor and Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island. A Nintendo Switch™ release date was announced for Kana Quest, while new gameplay was revealed for Whalefall, and Tinselfly.
Sales were announced for Calico and RE:CALL, as well as new merch available at the Whitethorn Games shop. And finally, Usability and Accessibility Specialist Britt Dye, provided a look at the company’s accessibility practices and features in some of their upcoming titles.
A detailed rundown of all the announcements, including video links and press kits, can be found below:
Magical Delicacy – Game Reveal
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Magical Delicacy will be available day one with Xbox Gamepass on PC, Xbox Series S|X, and Xbox One, and for PC via Steam.
SkateFish – Mobile Game Reveal
From the makers of BOMBFEST, welcome to a world where the only way to catch fish is to impress them! Use touch controls to flip your board, grind ledges, and perform aerials as you make a name for yourself by catching a wide variety of fish and helping populate the local aquarium. Customize your character, board, and fishing rod, and choose from various environments, each with their own species to catch and obstacles to skate.
SkateFish will be available for Android and iOS.
Kernel Hearts – Partnership Announcement and Teaser First Look
Whitethorn Games announced their partnership with Argentinian developer Ephemera Games and revealed a tease of the studio’s upcoming title Kernel Hearts.
The Forest Cathedral – Xbox Series S|X New Trailer
Whitethorn Games and Developer Brian Wilson revealed a new trailer for the thrilling, psychological horror game The Forest Cathedral – a reimagining of the events surrounding real-life scientist Rachel Carson’s investigation of the harmful pesticide known as DDT. Set in an expansive and vibrantly rendered forest on a remote island, players will take on the role of Rachel, who has taken on a field research biologist position. While completing her weekly tasks, she quickly realizes things aren’t as they seem. Players will slowly uncover the horrific effects of the pesticide using advanced environmental technology to complete puzzles that weave together 3D exploration and 2D platforming. What secrets will Rachel discover on this island? Many will try to silence her, but somehow, the truth must come out.
The Forest Cathedral will be available first on Xbox Series S|X and for PC in 2023.
Kana Quest – Nintendo Switch™ Release Date
Have you ever wanted to learn Japanese but didn’t know where to start? Developer Not Dead Design has you covered with Kana Quest! Coming to Nintendo Switch™, hone your knowledge of Japanese kana through an ever-evolving puzzle game! Slide kana tiles around to make matches based on each character’s sounds in over 300 hand-crafted levels. Each world introduces new puzzle mechanics, deepening the gameplay and making even fluent speakers think about their next moves.
Kana Quest will be available for Nintendo Switch™ this year. The game is currently available for PC via Steam.
Botany Manor – Behind the Scenes Development Revealed
Developer Balloon Studios presented a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the stunning puzzle adventure, showcasing the majestic environments, fantastical plants, and a peek into the puzzles players can find in the game.
Set in a stately home in 19th-century England, you’ll see the manor through the eyes of its sole inhabitant, retired botanist Arabella Greene. Her collection of rare, forgotten flora needs a proper home, which means it’s time to do some research. Explore Arabella’s house and gardens, filled with botanical notes, books, and posters, to find the right habitat for the precious plants. Use interactable items scattered around the manor and grounds in order to solve plant-based puzzles. Once Arabella starts growing each plant, she may discover some mysterious qualities within them…
Botany Manor will release on Nintendo Switch™ and PC via Steam in 2023.
Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island – New Gameplay Revealed:
Polygon Treehouse (Röki) presented an overview of their upcoming “friend-em-up” adventure, showing off the idyllic island of Ambrosia and some of the characters you’ll build friendships with, along with the ways you will earn their camaraderie and help to restore their memories.
In Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island, you’ll play as Alex, a rookie backpacker taking a much-needed break from her exhausting modern life. When her trip is interrupted by a terrible storm, Alex washes up onto the sunny shores of Ambrosia Island, the long-lost home of the Greek pantheon of Gods. But something is wrong — the Gods are cursed and have forgotten who they are! In order to piece together what happened, Alex must journey across the island, finding and befriending the Gods, and helping them restore their memories.
Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island will be available for Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, and PC via Steam in 2023.
Whalefall – New Trailer Reveals Voiced Characters
Whitethorn Games provided a deeper look at the various gameplay mechanics and the first look at some of the voice acting in their first major in-house-developed game Whalefall with a new trailer.
Inspired by beloved franchises like Suikoden, Fire Emblem, and Bravely Default, Whalefall invites you to immerse yourself into the mystical fantasy world of Osfeld, steeped in rich lore. You’ll take on the role of Coty Bircann, a young recruit forced to become head of the Riverwatch Forces after the Stoneshield Legion commits an unspeakable act against one of the ancient and revered Skywhales that float peacefully above the world. You will embark on an epic three-act adventure, recruiting friends to grow your army, battling enemies, and exploring the vast world of Osfeld, all in an effort to put an end to the Stoneshield Legion’s tyranny! Outside of traditional random encounters and key story-driven levels, Whalefall also features three mission styles, all replayable, so that you can aim for the coveted S-rank. Lead your party through golden-era inspired turn-based JRPG missions, mobilize your armies against hordes of enemies in hex-based tactical battles, and talk your way through visual novel-style social interactions.
Whalefall will be available for PC via Steam, Xbox One and Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Nintendo Switch™.
Tinselfly – New Gameplay Revealed
A new trailer shows more gameplay from the highly anticipated title developed by Flopsy Koala. The upcoming adventure game featuring light action elements set in a science fantasy universe, is a surreal, introspective adventure about dreams, nostalgia, and the majesty of utopian space travel. You’ll take on the role of Robin Aetherspring, a listless starship engineer who once had dreams of bounding through the cosmos. When Robin becomes trapped in a bizarre starship graveyard, she must investigate its origins, free her crew and rediscover her love of space exploration.
Tinselfly will be available for PC via Steam.
Accessibility Efforts at Whitethorn Games
Usability and Accessibility Specialist at Whitethorn Games, Britt Dye, reflects on some of the efforts made by the publisher and the developers this year and what they hope to achieve in the years to come. A new video identifies some of the features implemented in Whitethorn’s upcoming titles that ensure everyone can enjoy an inclusive gameplay experience.
New Merch in the Whitethorn Games Store
The Whitethorn Games store page has undergone a major update! New merch including a new Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island hoodie, a new Whitethorn Games crewneck sweatshirt and beanie, a new Princess Farmer tank top, and new pins for Botany Manor and Mythwrecked. You can purchase those, as well as the publisher’s extensive collection of apparel, pins, and other merchandise – including the remaining stock of the highly-requested Calico Pudgems and Teacup plushies – at the official Whitethorn Games website: https://whitethorngames.com/