One of the cuter games shown during the PlayStation Showcase is Chia From the New Caledonia studio Awaceb.
In an open-world physics-driven game, you can climb, glide, swim and sail around the archipelago. You will find a smooth crossing when you travel further distances by boat to visit different biomes.
One of the more interesting aspects of the game is the ability to use soul jumping, which allows you to control more than 30 animals and hundreds of objects. If this is not enough, you can also improvise a fully playable ukulele, which also has story-specific rhythm fragments and the ability to unlock more melodies that affect the world.
Customization will also come in the form of hundreds of unlockable cosmetics, and you can even customize your boat. There are also useful items to help you complete the journey, such as flashlights, slingshots, compasses and cameras.
The developers of the game drew inspiration from the different local landscapes of New Caledonia where the studio is located. You can watch the video to learn how flora, fauna, culture, music, language, folklore, and tradition affect the game.
Awaceb even recruits as many locals as possible to ensure that the “soul of experience” is deeply rooted in local culture. All characters are dubbed in traditional languages by local talents. The team also recorded the Karnak Choir composed of Melanesian indigenous people and musicians for the game soundtrack.
The game will initially be released on Steam and Staida, but will be released on PS4, PS5 and PC through the Epic Games Store in 2022.