Disney fans, buckle up. Today, Gameloft has unveiled an upcoming new Disney and Pixar gaming project, a life-sim adventure game called Disney Dreamlight Valley. It's coming to PC and consoles in 2023.
Disney Dreamlight Valley takes place in the titular Dreamlight Valley, where a bevvy of Disney and Pixar characters have lost their memories after a mysterious event called The Forgetting that left their village full of strange plants called Night Thorns. Players will customize their own character, build friendships with the townspeople, and help them recover their lost memories.
Alongside interacting with the Disney villagers, players will also get to customize their own homes and towns in a number of Disney-themed locales, and can follow Disney stories and minigames with characters like Goofy, Ariel, Mickey, Simba, Moana, Remy, and more. There's fishing and cooking activities too, and lots of outfits to customize characters with inspired by various Disney properties.
Disney Dreamlight Valley is being developed by Gameloft, and is set for release in 2023 as a free-to-play experience for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC and Mac via Steam, Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store, and the App Store. An early access release is planned this summer and will be made available to those who purchase a Founder's Pack, or any Xbox Game pass members.
We got an early look at Disney Dreamlight Valley, and are already optimistic about the level of customization available, replayability, the fairly non-aggressive monetization, and the future potential for more and more Disney characters and worlds to make their appearance.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.