Publisher and developer Pathea Games's well-received farming sim RPG My Time At Portia is getting a follow-up this year in the shape of My Time At Sandrock, whose release date happens to be relatively close.
With a successful Kickstarter campaign behind it, My Time At Sandrock's release date was initially slated to occur in 2021, but things didn't quite go according to plan. Set in a post-apocalyptic world and taking place 300 years after an event called the Day of Calamity, the follow-up looks to build on what Portia offered.
My Time at Sandrock's Early Access release date was initially said to happen at some point in Spring 2021. Its closed beta, exclusive to Kickstarter backers of a particular tier, went live on February 5 and was meant to last for "about three months."
In March 2021, the developer revealed that the local rating certification process was taking longer than expected, which ended up delaying the Early Access release of My Time at Sandrock even more.
"We are currently facing a hurtle [sic!] which is that Sandrock needs to get a local rating certification required for us to be able to publish the game online. We had hoped for the license to have been issued before May, but it’s currently looking like it won’t make that date. This means that we will not be able to release Sandrock into Early Access until we have this certification," reads a Steam post.
"It is not clear how long it will take for us to get the license, but we are hoping for the best and we are preparing for the launch so that when we get it, the game can be released in short notice."
Pathea Games planned on using the extra time to continue working on the title. The beta version's NDA "remained in effect until further notice."
As of March 2022, the game still hadn't received its required certification, which meant that My Time at Sandrock's Early Access release date continued to remain unknown.
On April 5, the developer announced that My Time At Portia is set to enter Early Access on May 26.
- My Time at Sandrock Early Access release date: May 26, 2022
As we draw closer to launch, My Time at Sandrock's release times have now been revealed. The game will go live on May 25 at 7 PM PDT/10 PM EDT/3 PM BST (May 26).
My Time At Sandrock will first be available on PC, through Steam and the Epic Games Store, where it will launch in Early Access. Later down the line, it will make its way to Gog.com and WeGame. It is then also slated to arrive on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
The developer plans on spending one year in Early Access, working on the game alongside its community. Initially, "players will be able to play some of the first act of the game’s story and have access to romance and friendship missions as we implement them."
Aside from the different setting – which, from the screenshots, has a western vibe –, Sandrock will feature a "vastly enriched storyline, hundreds of side-quests boasting over 30 completely new characters, each getting more attention than before" as well as a revamped combat system.
You'll still have to rebuild and maintain a workshop, craft resources, grow and sell crops, so there should be plenty that feels familiar. You can follow the game on Steam where it can also be wishlisted. The latter contributes to adding certain features to the roadmap.
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