Plucky Squire managed to melt my E3 hardened heart

I have to be honest: when the trailer for fearless squire (opens in new tab) open overlooking a Toy Story-style kid’s bedroom, softly lit in the afternoon light, I was prepared to check it out. “This is probably not for me,” I thought. But when the Plucky Squire storybook opened to reveal top-down, Zelda-style gameplay in a gorgeous 2D animation style, I changed my tone quickly.

That wasn’t Nintendo’s only tribute in the game’s brief trailer at Devolver’s E3 season show: hero Jot also engaged in Punch Out-style punches and, most surprising of all, jumped off the page of his storybook. to the “real” world, with the game taking on an art style similar to the gorgeous, tilt shift, toybox look of Yoshi’s Crafted World or the remake of Link’s Awakening.

Jot’s adventure appears to take him through various styles of art and gameplay as he explores the surroundings and surfaces of this child’s room from both 3D and 2D perspectives, with playful flourishes like a side-scrolling section wrapping a coffee-themed mug. desert. If Plucky Squire is able to offer a cohesive line for all these creative ideas and keep offering fun surprises, it could end up being something really special.

That’s my main takeaway from this glimpse into developer All Possible Futures’ first project: it’s a genuine and pleasant surprise, and it made me feel excited like little more than skateboarding history (opens in new tab) in this year’s non-E3 season. Plucky Squire is planned to be released in 2023, and you can wish list on Steam (opens in new tab).

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