Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Kepler Interactive
Developer: Awaceb
Release Date: March 21, 2023

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'Tchia' Comes To PS4, PS5 And PC In 2022 - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2021 @ 2:27 p.m. PDT

Tchia is a tropical open-world adventure where you climb, glide, swim, and sail your boat around a beautiful archipelago in this physics-driven sandbox game.

Use Tchia's special ability to take control of any animal or object you can find, and Jam on your fully playable Ukulele. Use their unique gameplays and abilities to travel, solve puzzles and uncover secrets. Fly around as a bird, explore the ocean as a fish or dig treasures as a dog. Over 30 playable animals and hundreds of objects.

Jump and glide your way across a vast archipelago and use the Tricks system for cool stunts and dives. The free climbing mechanic lets you ascend anything in the world without restriction including any physics-driven tree. Sail your customizable boat on turquoise lagoons and dive around coral reefs and shipwrecks.

Just jamming by yourself or playing alongside NPCs, your fully playable ukulele will be a trusty companion throughout the game. Use it at key story moments during rhythm sections, or play unlockable melodies at any point in the open world to trigger special events such as attracting animals, triggering rainfall…

Take Tchia on a heartfelt adventure and meet a diverse cast of characters inspired by New Caledonian cultures. Fully animated cutscenes voiced in traditional language will punctuate your journey while an original orchestral score infused with local sounds creates a unique and immersive world.

A lot has happened since the Game Awards reveal in December. While we were hard at work on the game, our partnership with Google Stadia ended up not working out. Thankfuly, Playstation and Epic Games reached out soon after, they were super excited about the game, and our visions aligned perfectly. We all agreed that Tchia would be a great fit on both platforms!

We're incredibly proud to announce that Tchia will be coming to Playstation 4 & 5 as well as the Epic Games Store in 2022.

The approach we are taking with Tchia is first and foremost to build something anyone can understand, enjoy, and immerse themselves into. Making something too instructional or aimed directly at locals would completely defeat the purpose for us, which is why the world, story and characters we are creating are entirely fictional. This also allows us to include some fantastical elements in the mix and build a very unique world where the cultural inspiration isn’t a constraint, but rather an incredibly rich and solid backbone for the game. 

We are drawing inspiration from the rich and varied local landscapes, flora and fauna, cultures, music, languages, folklores and traditions and bringing our own sensibilities to everything. Bringing people from all over the world to the team also helped a lot in making sure what we are making is enjoyable for anyone who isn’t familiar with the country. 

It was also important for us to work with locals as much as possible to make sure that the soul of the experience is deeply rooted in those local cultures. All characters are voiced in traditional languages by local talent. We also record Kanak (indigenous melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia) choirs and musicians for the game’s soundtrack, giving it a unique energy that I think has rarely been seen in video games.  

Locomotion is super important for any game offering a lot of exploration, and we wanted to make moving around fun in and of itself. You can climb any surface and glide across the map with ease. All trees are physically simulated and climbable, and Tchia can catapult herself through the air using the springiness of a coconut tree for example.  We also have a tricks system that lets you do cool flips and dives while jumping around! And for longer distances, you can use your boat to sail away! 

One important feature is Tchia’s Soul Jumping powers. You’re able to take control of any physical object or animal in the world. They all offer unique controls and some special abilities that you can use to travel, solve puzzles, uncover secrets… 

The game also features a fully playable Ukulele that Tchia will use at key story moments during rhythm sections. You can also play unlockable melodies at any point in the open world to trigger special events such as attracting animals, triggering rainfall… 

Stylize Tchia’s clothing and boat with hundreds of unlockable cosmetic items ranging from a traditional look to the most over the top options. You will also unlock useful and fun tools along the way such as a flashlight, slingshot, compass, camera...

The world of Tchia was inspired by New Caledonia, A tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, homeland of Awaceb's co-founders. Inspiration was taken from the rich and varied local landscapes, cultures, music, languages, folklores and traditions and was used to create a fictional world and to tell a universal story that anyone can understand and enjoy. The characters are voiced by local talent in traditional languages, and subtitled in many languages including English, French, Russian, Chinese, German, and more.

Tchia is coming to PS4, PS5 and PC (Steam/Epic Games Store) in 2022.

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