Sony and Spiral House have announced PlayStation Vita Pets, a game that is “more than just a pet sim,” according to creative director Kevin Oxland, coming in 2014.
“We wanted to make something that felt like a real game, with characters, fun and adventure, so that’s exactly what we did,” Oxland said.
“We also wanted to focus on the dogs themselves, which may seem an obvious thing to say, but making them move, act and speak (!) in a very convincing way for the scope of the game we had in mind, was not easy.”
The game offers four different puppy types to choose from, each with their own personality, sense of humor, and character traits. Together with their dog, players will be able to “do all the things you would do with a real dog,” but ‘one step further.’
“Once you’ve gotten to know each other and learned the skills needed to venture outside the safety of your home you’ll be able to embark (no pun intended) on the adventure of Castlewood Island!”
Outside of their home, where players can dress, bath, feed, walk, play with, and train their dog, is an island of “adventure to explore and puzzles to solve.” You can explore a “massive” forest, walk through “spookly old mines and grave yards,” and make your way to a legendary castle in the island’s center.
Watch the debut trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.