Winds & Leaves breaks new ground as the first PSVR-exclusive of 2021

by Jeremy

Spring has sprung for PlayStation VR — or, at least, it will when Winds & Leaves joins the ranks of upcoming PSVR games with an exclusive debut on the platform with the following season change. While everyone’s still stressed about buying a PS5, you can relax and feel genuinely zen while regrowing the entire world in Winds & Leaves. That sounds like a daunting task and far from relaxing, but developer Trebuchet promises that the game is all about taking things one step at a time.

You’ll be stepping in Winds & Leaves, too, thanks to a brand new locomotion mechanic that utilizes the somewhat limited PS Move motion controllers uniquely. Players have access to walking stilts that help them traverse the world in precisely the way you would imagine they should work. You can also extend these stilts to reach fruit at the tops of the trees that you’ll eventually grow in the game, opening up new areas and opportunities with a vertical perspective shift.

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Winds & Leaves is a massive shift for Trebuchet, who previously developed Prison Boss VR — a game all about being in a confined space. Trebuchet’s latest game is, essentially, the exact opposite of Prison Boss VR; it’s not only about being in a vast open world, but it’s also a game about freedom and movement where you ultimately control every aspect of your progress throughout your time in the game. Exploration yields landmarks that deliver new items and fruits, which can then be used to grow and explore new ways.

Winds & Leaves utilizes a colorful ink & paint art style designed to illustrate the stark contrast between the barren landscape that covers the game with the vibrant plants you’ll be cultivating. It also features a dynamic soundtrack that changes with the region you’re in, the vegetation blooming around you, and the progress of the world’s regrowth. Look for it in the PlayStation Store shortly as proof that the PSVR isn’t going away any time soon.

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