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Ubisoft reveals a weird little game about robots and plants called Grow Home

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Ubisoft unveiled Grow Home, which it describes as a "quirky, experiential climbing game," for Windows PC today, which is something of a surprise given that the game will be released in less than two weeks.

Grow Home is being developed by Ubisoft's Reflections studio and looks pretty different from the team's other projects (The Crew, Tom Clancy's The Division). Developed by an eight-person team, Grow Home gives players control of BUD, short for Botanical Utility Droid, who is tasked with scouring the galaxy for new plant life that can oxygenate his home world. As BUD, players will help grow the towering Star Plant and scale the game's changing environment.

The game is a combination of climbing and exploration, Ubisoft says. Grow Home is all about vertical exploration and investigating your surroundings, searching through caves and nearby islands for power ups. Ubisoft says the PC game is best experienced using a game pad, as players can control BUD's arms independently using shoulder triggers to climb.

"Whether it's BUD's charming, procedurally-generated animation, the awesome structure of the Star Plant players create or the beautiful landscapes, there is a peaceful, innocent vibe about Grow Home that makes the game utterly unique," said Pete Young, producer at Reflections, in a release.

You can see a teaser for Grow Home below. The game is bound for Windows PC on Feb. 4.

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