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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Launches July 18 on PS4

Fish, trade, brew, and explore on a gorgeous island rife with adventure.

Cheryl Vance's Avatar Posted by Co-founder and Lead Designer, Prideful Sloth

Looking back at what we did, you might think we’re crazy. We were all senior staff working on major, AAA titles at highly respected studios like Activision, Rocksteady, and others. These were big-budget games with blockbuster marketing campaigns, massive sales, and critical acclaim; an enviable position to be in as a game developer, right? So why did we walk away from it all?

There was an idea in the back of our minds that we had to pursue. We enjoy a broad spectrum of games like Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, Zelda, and Skyrim, but we wanted to craft an experience that combined the mood and thrills found in each of those games. It sounds like an odd combination, I know, but these were some of the key influences that inspired the design of Yonder.

So we made the tough decision to quit our high-profile, well-paying jobs, and took the biggest gamble of our lives.

Yonder is the game we’ve dreamed of playing since we first picked up a controller. It’s set on the massive island of Gemea, a lush frontier with eight distinct environments ranging from sunny, tropical beaches to frigid, snow capped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, along with changing seasons and a day-night cycle. Gemea was once a perfect paradise, but an evil murk has enshrouded the land and its people in despair.

We craved a game world that felt relaxed and familiar. Yonder would be a game you could pick up, step into, and feel as if you are home. We wanted it to be as comfortable and inviting as possible.

It’s a game you can play at your own pace; not everything is required. We wanted to give players freedom with what they do in the game, and how they achieved their goals.

In Yonder, it’s unmistakably you that’s the hero or heroine, so what you should look like or how you dress is never dictated or restricted. It’s totally up to you. Carrying an extra pound or two after Thanksgiving? Yeah, we hear you. Your avatar can reflect that. Feel like rocking a handlebar mustache or a floral skirt? Your character can get down with that (even in combination). You’ll discover a whole load of items to make your hero or heroine uniquely “you.”

Animals — or critters, as we prefer to call them on the island — were always going to be a big part of the game. From the lumbering herd of Groffles to the cute-as-a-marshmallow-cloud Fabbits, you’ll find a host of adorable-but-useful critters in Yonder.

With an enormous island to explore and a whole host of locals to befriend, you’ll find yourself learning a wide array of new skills. Fishing, carpentry, and even brewing will help you as you solve the mysteries on the island of Gemea in the hope of finding your way home again.

Tame a Fabbit as a personal pet. Set up a farm and use Groffle milk to make cheese to trade with the locals. Grow your own crops, barter in the open market or craft your own goods from scratch. Your influence on the world extends far beyond your wardrobe or coffers; your actions ripple through every town in Gemea.

Yonder’s balance of adventure, customization, and discovery is the journey we always wanted to embark on, and we’re thrilled to bring the game to PS4. Our years of daydreaming will soon transform into an experience you can enjoy at home on July 18!

So, were we crazy to turn our backs on big-studio life? I guess we’ll all find out very soon…

Add Your Own

hawjboi2009 said:

July 17th, 8:06 am

Pre-loading is not working on this game.. Sony need to know this issue for people who are not able to download this. I am trying to download this over 10 time so it not working. Please fix this issue before this game unlock tonight at midnight

    DaioujousBell said:

    July 17th, 8:23 am

    Try checking your hard drive space there is no out of memory notice it just doesn’t download.

    hawjboi2009 said:

    July 17th, 8:29 am

    i has 2.20 TB hard drive space left. I am wondering other people might have same problem with this issue too

    Dragonchasers said:

    July 17th, 8:34 am

    I just pre-ordered and can confirm. The theme installed but the game didn’t.

    Dragonchasers said:

    July 17th, 8:37 am

    Found it in my library and tried to download manually and that didn’t work either. Hopefully they’ll get it sorted out soon.

    larshar6 said:

    July 17th, 10:26 pm

    when you prepurchase a game–from the time you preordered it to the day of release it will download–why making a fuss over a game cant play until release time–I ordered it and it says so many hours left before can play it– if and only if I go to play it when says ready to play and it doesn’t–will I be upset

    ninjaman606 said:

    July 18th, 8:05 am

    I think some games aren’t pre-load supported. I could be wrong, but I’ve only seen it possible with games in the higher price ranges ($50-above).

Otterpoet said:

July 17th, 9:44 am

I’ve been looking forward to this since seeing it featured on Playstation Access’ live-stream with Hollie… going to be my chill-out game after a long day at work XD

KingXtreme81 said:

July 17th, 10:27 am

Really looking forward to the game but, like others, I cannot download it!

stlthriot said:

July 17th, 11:22 am

So excited to take in the beauty of Yonder, been awaiting since the original debut trailer. So colorful and cute! ^-^

Across618 said:

July 17th, 3:07 pm

I’m trying to pre-order but it says it’s unavailable or incorrect and the picture doesn’t have the add to cart sign.

Across618 said:

July 17th, 3:10 pm

Now it’s not even showing in the store.

    hawjboi2009 said:

    July 17th, 3:22 pm

    Sony probably remove it and update it tomorrow when PS Store update

Across618 said:

July 17th, 9:17 pm

So, now it’s back, it gives me the pre-order option and now it says I’m not eligible to purchase or download…

    Ferral72 said:

    July 17th, 10:01 pm

    can’t even download it, i have the theme on mine, but the game now has a lock symbol next to it

Across618 said:

July 17th, 10:27 pm

Great! Now it updated and it shows it’s at $19.99! Thanks Sony!

watchdog27597 said:

July 25th, 1:13 pm

After reading the reviews I do apologize on Sony’s behalf and hopefully they will fix the issues and at the same time I wanna thank everyone that played a part in Yonder it’s truly everything you say but so much more I would love to know what’s ahead for the game also everyone reading reviews this game is a absolute steal at 19.99 a must have thanks again Sony

Welmosca said:

July 26th, 12:03 am

Game looks truly gorgeous,I don’t have time to play it now so won’t get it but will definitely buy it in the future.

It looks great overall…just wanna say great job guys.

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