Disney Dreamlight Valley looks like Kingdom Hearts minus the anime nonsense

Back off, Elden Ring, it’s time for the grown-ups to have some fun. Disney Dreamlight Valley is a life simulation adventure game that lets you live in a city populated by characters from Disney and Pixar movies.

The game’s Steam page provides some stories with a capital L: “Once an idyllic land, Dreamlight Valley was a place where Disney and Pixar characters lived in harmony – until Oblivion.”

Ominous.

The description continues: “Nightthorns grew across the land and severed the wondrous memories attached to this magical place. With nowhere else to go, the desperate inhabitants of the Vale of Dreamlight retreated behind locked doors in the Castle of Dreams.”

“The Forgetting” certainly sounds like a Kingdom Hearts proper noun, but the gameplay is feeling a little more cold. THE IGN Preview enters more depth in the main loop: Disney Dreamlight Valley begins with adventure levels, traveling to the realms associated with the characters to correct mistakes as part of a story campaign. Four of these kingdoms will accompany the game’s initial release, with more planned to follow.

Completing these quests opens up more features for Animal Crossing-style life simulator gameplay, which sees you decorating your home in Dreamlight Valley and taking part in mini-games like fishing and gardening. Characters shown so far include Wall-E, Mickey, Moana and more, and the game will adopt a free-to-play model, with premium cosmetics and expansions naturally requiring a real money investment. It’s being developed by Gameloft, best known for mobile games like “Pastry Paradise” and “Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation” that appear to be algorithmically generated.

Disney Dreamlight Valley is scheduled to enter Early Access on Steam this summer.

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