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Among Trees is the chill survival game we all deserve right now

Pastel colors abound in this first-person woodland adventure

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Nestled in between the PC Gaming Show’s howling demons, clashing swords, and raucous gunfire was a trailer for a new early access game called Among Trees. After being locked at home during a pandemic this is the chill survival simulation we deserve. The game is available now on the Epic Games Store.

“This is your little wood cabin,” says the game’s description. “Located in the heart of a lush forest, the cabin is expandable: build new rooms and unlock additional game mechanics, including food cooking, plant growing, and tool crafting.”

Among Trees is being developed by the small team at FJRD Interactive, and was originally due out on Steam in 2019. The game promises colorful pastel palettes and a world “filled to the brim with life.” Players will explore forests and caves, scavenging for food and catching fish. You can even build a little greenhouse to grow herbs. Stealth is the order of the day, however, as the game does include a few deadly beasts.

No word on whether or not you’ll be able to create your own sourdough starter.

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