Drop by Wanderstop for a cup

Annapurna Interactive
Wanderstop, a cozy narrative game featuring a fallen fighter managing a tea shop, is coming to PC and PS5.

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From Annapurna Interactive:

Ivy Road and publisher Annapurna Interactive revealed Wanderstop, a narrative-centric cozy game about change and tea. Wanderstop is the first game from Ivy Road, led by Davey Wreden, creator of The Stanley Parable and The Beginner’s Guide, Karla Zimonja, co-creator of Gone Home and Tacoma, and Daniel “C418” Rosenfeld, the composer behind the music of Minecraft.

In Wanderstop, players take on the persona of Alta, a fallen fighter, who must manage a tea shop within a magical forest and tend to the customers who pass through. However, Alta doesn’t want to be at the tea shop, and if Alta gets her way, the tea shop would be nothing but a brief and painful memory.

Players will enter a core game loop in Wanderstop that consists of managing the tea shop, starting with growing and harvesting the ingredients needed for tea, and ending with mixing the ingredients together in an unusual tea-making contraption. During downtime at the tea shop, players will take part in activities such as cleaning and decorating the tea shop, or sitting on a bench to listen to their own thoughts, doing nothing. The shop demands patience, and it rejects those who have come only in the pursuit of growth unchecked.

And that’s why Alta can’t be here. It’s why she’ll never make it. This isn’t who she is. No, she’s a fighter! Why would anyone insist on turning the world’s greatest championship warrior into a docile servant? With everything she’s capable of? No no no… she won’t do it… she can’t…

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