After its trailer drop at E3 in June, the hype for the inexpressibly adorable Ooblets has only become more and more unendurable. Ooblets is a tiny indie treasure being developed by newcomer Glumberland, a studio run by Rebecca Cordingley and Ben Wasser. Claiming to be inspired by well-known and well-loved titles such as Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, and — it’s a big one — Pokémon, Ooblets dares to combine the best aspects of all three into one unbelievably cute package.
Part farm-manager, part creature-collector, part Sims, Ooblets proffers a fusion of genres that I think we’ve all secretly been waiting for. Games that pummel you into a pulp are delightful in their own special way (we’re looking at you, Dead Cells), but having an indie in your library that simply makes you smile all the while is necessary, too. Features we can look forward to in Ooblets include the following: farm building, character customization, dance battles, house upgrades, rewarding exploration, and more.
According to the Ooblets Steam page, it might still be a while before we see it in action: “We’ve tried not to make any promises, but our estimate of launching in late 2018 is looking a bit less likely these days. Our whole lives are devoted to working on the game, so please bear with us as we try to make it what it should be!” Don’t worry, Glumberland. We’ll wait as long as we have to to get our hands on an entry that successfully melds time-honored titles like Pokémon and Animal Crossing. Look for it on PC and Xbox One, probably come 2019.