In previous years, pinball on consoles was almost all but exclusive to Pinball FX/Zen Pinball and Pinball Arcade, but now indie developers are thinking outside the box and introducing the genre in pretty interesting new ways.
Case in point: Villa Gorilla's upcoming Yoku's Island Express, a game they're describing as an 'open world pinball adventure.' As you might guess, the game isn't just a pinball title -- it's actually a blend of Metroidvania adventure with pinball mechanics.
The titular protagonist Yoku is a dung beetle who becomes Mokumana Island's new postman. You'll explore the island, meet its different inhabitants and visit different areas, and in the process help wake its ancient island god, whose nightmares are affecting the island with quakes and storms.
Yoku's Island Express certainly looks promising so far, with its hand-made visuals and locations which are said to be inspired by the likes of Studio Ghibli's works. It's currently in the works for PC and consoles, though no specific consoles have been detailed at this time. Expect to hear more about the game over GDC in the upcoming week and in the lead up to its release, which is being targeted for a late 2017/early 2018 launch window.
Check out the game's announcement trailer below!
Source: Press Release
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