Way Down Deep and Nowhere Studios have announced that Circadian City is in development for Nintendo Switch.
The developer has taken inspiration from Stardew Valley, The Sims, and Don’t Starve for this life simulation game, in which your character moves to a big city after graduating from university.
You must “strike the perfect balance of love and friendship with exploration of the subconscious to live your best life.” That will require that you dare to dream big, striving to achieve your goals each day in Circadian City’s urban utopia.
After cooking breakfast, you will head out into the world to work, meet up with friends, shop for a new book, watch the latest movie release, or dip your toe into a dating pool that has “both hetero and LGBTQ romantic options.”
Your relationships require care and attention, and will need you to cultivate shared interests whether that be gardening, music, or movies. Whereas quests that you complete will help you to become closer friends.
There’s also a procedurally generated dream world to explore. Here, you can build a farm and “craft items with the power to shape the subconscious.” There are creatures to challenge in mini-games and crystals to collect that can open up new missions.
“Circadian City expands on the life sim genre by giving players control of the whole day including sleep, avoiding the gifts-equal-love trope in favour of maintaining more realistic relationships in an unusual setting filled with well fleshed-out NPCs, and more,” explains Nowhere Studios founder and designer Burak Tezateser.
“Time spent sleeping is just as important as that spent awake, and players will find many ways to entertain themselves in both modes, especially with all the features we plan to add in Early Access.”
Circadian City will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in Q4 2020.