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Palia is a cosy, Stardew-inspired MMO

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The influence of both Stardew Valley and Breath Of The Wild cannot be stopped. Exhibit #23590: Palia, which seems to contain elements of both. The announcement trailer shows lush, green hills, players using gliders, and a focus on farming, home decorating and romanceable NPCs. What sets it apart is that it’s also an MMO.

Here’s the trailer:


Palia’s developers are explicit about wanting to provide a cosy play experience that’s as much about creativity as anything else. The game’s press release talks about a “flexible fashion system”, and the ability to become “an award-winning cook, or the best gardener in the world.”

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I’m unsure how these activities link to its multiplayer elements, or exactly how “massive” an MMO it is. The press release also mentions a “social matchmaking system”, suggesting its world will be instanced, but I don’t know if you’ll be gardening together or merely jogging with bows and bug catchers as per the video. Is it an MMO, or is it just co-op Stardew Valley with strangers and a better update pipeline – the Temtem of farming?

Palia is being developed by Singularity 6, a new studio founded by veterans from “Blizzard, Epic, Riot, Zynga and Sony”. Side note: these companies are so large, and employ so many people with such low staff retention, that basically every new studio I hear about is founded by former employees of these same companies.

However staged it may be, the trailer is cute. I feel like the robot man with the straw hat is a cheap trick to charm me, but it worked. It has also been a long time since anything in the MMO genre has caught my eye, and frankly I’m just glad to see a game that’s borrowing from places other than EverQuest.

We’ll learn more when Palia’s pre-alpha launches this summer, and you can sign up to be involved via the official site.

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