The Cub was unveiled today during the Future Games Show Spring Show. The 2D platformer, in appearance at least, channels Eric Chahi’s work as much as more modern titles do. Playing as a child, abandoned when others went to the stars, the trailer is about the dual nature of the game: exploration and hunting.
The tone here is pretty clear: precision platforming, deadly environments, absolutely gorgeous backgrounds, and changes to what you’re doing. The aesthetic has this weird bioluminescence, and also something quite retro too: there’s an unmistakable scent of Pitfall in the rope-dangling stuff.
I’m a sucker for anything that might somehow make waiting for the next Playdead game easier, and The Cub feels a lot more ambitious than average. One thing that makes me wonder is that the trailer reveals what appears to be a pretty important twist: that those who left the player character behind will return later. And they’re after your blood.
Who knows: maybe it will happen in the first five minutes. If a game can afford to give stuff like that in the ad, then the publisher is an idiot, or this thing could really blow your socks off.
the puppy It’s coming to Steam and the Epic Game Store, though it doesn’t have a release date yet.