May 18, 2024

Sky: Youngsters of the Gentle, the acclaimed free-to-play “social journey” from Journey and Flower developer ThatGameCompany, has – simply shy of a 12 months since being introduced for PC – lastly launched on Steam, initially as an early entry launch.

Sky: Youngsters of the Gentle is much from a brand new sport, after all; it initially launched for iOS all the way in which again in 2019 earlier than making its option to Android, Change, and PlayStation within the years since. And now – with over 260m downloads to its identify already – PC gamers may have the chance to expertise its beautiful, if uncommon, journey for themselves.

Spanning the seven realms of a fantastic kingdom positioned among the many clouds, Sky: Youngsters of the Gentle combines puzzley-platformy bits and story vignettes, all construct round a gently collaborative multiplayer core designed to encourage “compassion, friendship, and altruism”.

Sky: Youngsters of the Gentle official Steam launch trailer.Watch on YouTube

It arrives on PC with help for cross-play and cross-progression between all out there platforms, and with the identical live-service-style Seasonal and occasion content material as different variations. Nevertheless, ThatGameCompany has additionally opted to launch on Steam as an early entry launch to safe suggestions and “be certain that the complete suite of Steam PC options will be carried out”.

The studio’s full PC growth targets are as follows:

  • Improve stability and the enjoying expertise on PC and Steam Deck
  • Combine Steam pals, achievements, and Distant Play help
  • Proceed to boost sport graphics with HDR and VRR help
  • UI adjustments that make it simpler to seek out the emote you need within the expression menu
  • Enhance the onboarding course of to welcome new gamers extra successfully
  • Additional develop Aviary Village as a social hub for occasions and actions
  • Introduce a brand new quest system to counterpoint interactions with the Spirits
  • Have a good time with in-game occasions and provide gadgets that permit gamers to attach and specific their creativity

ThatGameCompany says it’s going to hold Sky: Youngsters of the Gentle in early entry “till participant suggestions and refinements will be totally carried out”, however the Steam model will retain full content material parity with different variations whereas the method continues. That features Sky’s upcoming Season of Nesting, which launches on fifteenth April and is totally detailed over on its web site.