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Pathless Woods

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Aniya Games Studio
Developer: Aniya Games Studio
Release Date: 2025

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'Pathless Woods' Available On Steam Early Access - Trailer

by Rainier on April 3, 2024 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Pathless Woods is a sandbox-style game that features exploration, construction, and farming.

Pathless Woods sets itself apart by immersing players in the cultural and architectural heritage of old China. The game offers a unique and authentic experience, where players can construct various structures, ranging from simple buildings and bridges to elaborate structures, all inspired by ancient Chinese design. Additionally, players can cultivate vegetables using traditional Chinese farming methods and prepare delicious Chinese-style dishes.

You have stumbled upon a sealed land by a twist of fate. While everything appears refreshing and bright, a mysterious breath lurks around. This place, shrouded in an unknown fog, is known as the Pathless Woods. Embrace the challenges from various biomes such as mysterious ruins, dangerous beasts, and the evil Jaer cultists who post a threat on everyone. Explore the world and find your way to survive while fending off dangers by working with the surroundings, utilizing resources, and building networks with locals.

Build a dream homeland and settle down? Of course, you can!

Unlock the ancient seal to finally free yourself? If you want it, you got it!

Dive into this cute sandbox game where you get to explore a colorful world, construct your homestead from scratch, farm your own organic food, freely roam a magical land while discovering its secrets, and, most of all, relax and escape from reality for a little while to discover that:

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes, (…)

Embrace the challenges of various biomes, dangerous beasts, and the evil Jaer cultists who pose a threat to everyone. Explore the world and find a way to survive while fending off danger by working with the surroundings, utilizing resources, and building networks with locals. Want to build a dream home and settle down? Or maybe unlock the ancient seal to finally free yourself? Anything and everything is possible in this poetic world.

Pathless Woods also introduces a co-op multiplayer mode, allowing friends to come together to explore and enjoy a world where adventure meets tranquility.

Aniya Games announced that Pathless Woods is now available through Steam Early Access, and will remain so for about one year, but it can be subject to a variety of factors as development continues.

“In a market flooded with many similar games in this genre, Pathless Woods' distinguishes itself with its unique ancient China theme. It combines elements of construction, exploration, and survival in a beautifully crafted world. There's a wealth of content to explore and engage with, and we're genuinely looking forward to seeing the creative endeavors our players will undertake in this world!”

“The current version contains survival, building, farming, and companionship; a main quest route; part of creatures and monsters, and a boss mission. We know that bugs will appear (and we rely on feedback from players), and our goal is to bring you a really fun and great game, so we'll take any issues that come up in the Early Access seriously and deal with them.”

“We have setup a lot of gameplay and features for the Early Access version, but there are still many features and function are still under development. In the complete version, more and better content will be introduced, and of course, we will also fix and adjust the problems that find out in the Early Access.”

Key Features:

  • Build Your Dream Home - Let your creativity take center stage and craft beautiful structures that capture the spirit of ancient Chinese architecture. From simple wooden homes to grand mansions and pagodas, the sky's the limit!
  • Co-op Multiplayer Adventure - Join forces with up to three friends in an engaging co-operative experience. Explore, build, and survive together, with each contributing in their own special ways to the collective adventure.
  • Endure the Wilderness - Carve your own path and withstand the forces of nature alongside the threats posed by inhabitants. Adaptability is key, as you use the environment to your advantage to thrive.
  • Explore the Mysteries - Immerse yourself in breathtaking sceneries and engage with the local NPCs while unraveling the secrets hidden within ancient ruins. The journey is filled with potential discoveries and treasures waiting to be found. 
  • Protect Your Homeland - Prepare for the continuous menace of the Jaer cultists, determined to disrupt your tranquility and deplete your resources. Remain alert and protect yourself and your allies from their unyielding assaults to safeguard your land and preserve your quality of life.
  • Farm & Harvest - Embrace traditional Chinese agricultural practices to cultivate your crops, mastering the art of water irrigation, fertilizer use, and temperature control. Enjoy the rewards of your harvest, indulging in the exquisite tastes of Chinese cuisine.

Pathless Woods is in development for PC (Steam), scheduled for 2025.


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