Combine shopkeeping and RPG in Moonlighter

When I saw the announcement that a new RPG with sim elements was coming to the Switch, I was surprised that the title was a new one for me. Digital Sun made this game, a young Spain based studio. The game has been an upcoming Steam title for some time, promising release this Spring. But now, 11 Bit Studios will be teaming up with fellow publisher Merge Games to bring Digital Sun Games’ upcoming game to retail for the Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.

The game combines the responsibilities of a shopkeeper by day (including crafting items and interacting with your fellow villagers) and action adventuring by night (travelling through mysterious gates in search of monsters, loot and more).

Looking at the trailer I’m curious. This might be nice combination of crafting and shop management with fighting.

A bit about the game from the games’ website

During an archeological excavation – a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was found near the excavation site – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure.

Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that secretly dreams of becoming a hero. During the day he conducts his business in Rynoka village, putting items on sale, setting their price carefully, manages gold reserves, recruits assistants and upgrade the shop.

In this game, the crafting and enchanting system is essential for the your progression. Interacting with the villagers is the way to craft new armors, weapons and enchant existing equipment. This creates a great deal of flexibility and spices up the way the equipment is used. Getting to know Rynoka’s residents and understanding needs of customers is crucial. Some folks may have special quests for you, requesting rare items and offering handsome rewards in return.

But all of this takes place during daytime. When the sun goes down, Will leads a different life. You travel with him while defeating various enemies and bosses. While visiting other worlds, he collects valuable resources, weapons, armors, treasures and peculiar artifacts.

Gates lead to different worlds. Each foray into the night is unique and forces you to take some smart decisions. You never know what you will encounter next – that’s why you have to be prepared for everything.

I’m curious, but whether or not I give it a try will depend on the price, and when the game is released. For now, check out the trailer. And I’ll keep you updated!



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