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, the new year brings us nearer to the My Time At Sandrock release date, which is currently slated to occur in the first part of 2021. 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." This meantthat we could see the Early Access version launching in May, at the earliest.
My Time At Sandrock will first be available on PC, through Steam, where it will launch in Early Access. Later in 2021, it will make its way to the Epic Games Store, Gog.com and WeGame. It will then arrive on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4 and Nintendo Switch in 2022.
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.
In March, the developer revealed that the local rating certification process is taking longer than expected, which may end 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 plans on using the extra time to continue working on the title. The beta version's NDA "will remain in effect until further notice." A story demo featuring close to 4 hours of gameplay was released as part of Steam Next Fest.
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