Ooblets is an upcoming game that was announced earlier this year at GDC 2017, and at the PC Gaming Show at E3, it debuted a new trailer for the absolutely adorable RPG.
If you missed the original Ooblets announcement, the game is basically a three-way cross between Pokémon, Harvest Moon, and Animal Crossing. As the trailer shows, instead of going out into the world and capturing Ooblets in battle, you’ll nurture and grow them in your garden. Your Ooblets can then battle other Ooblets in turn-based combat, similar to the Pokémon games, and, as the new trailer shows off, you’ll also be able to collect items and decorate your house while interacting with characters in your neighborhood.
But the charm of Ooblets doesn’t just stem from its mix of classic game mechanisms — it’s the style of the game that makes Ooblets great, with everything rendered in colorful pastels and an aesthetic that can only be described as incredibly cute. While Ooblets is getting published by Double Fine, the game is almost entirely the work just two developers: Rebecca Cordingley (who does the art and programming) and Ben Wasser (game design and writing). Cordingley is also running a Patreon for fans who want to more directly support and keep up with the development of the game.
Ooblets is expected to release sometime in 2018 for Xbox One and PC.