‘First-person, romantic, metal-detecting game’ The Magnificent Trufflepigs announced for Switch, PC

Due out in the early summer.

The Magnificent Trufflepigs

Publisher AMC Games and developer Thunkd have announced “first-person, romantic, metal-detecting game” The Magnificent Trufflepigs for Switch and PC (Steam). It will launch in the early summer.

Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:

About

The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a first-person, romantic, metal-detecting game. You play as Adam, a sharp-witted but compassionate man who returning to his childhood village of Stanning. There he’ll help a woman named Beth on her mission to unearth a local treasure. As cracks begin to appear in Beth’s fairy tale plan for everything, you’ll delve into her history and discover all may not be as it seems. And you’ll have to choose how Adam responds to Beth as she faces her demons.

Gameplay combines laid-back metal detecting and exploration with a strong interpersonal narrative, all set in a beautiful English countryside. The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a game about trying to find something, and the tone it sets is like a typical English summer: mostly pleasant, but with stormy moments that threaten to ruin everything.

Key Features

  • Metal detecting!
  • Meditatively exploring a peaceful English farm
  • Finding “treasures” (mostly rubbish) with your detector
  • Digging them up with a large shovel and a small trowel
  • Sharing photos of your finds with Beth
  • Relationship building!
  • Chatting with Beth via walkie-talkie and instant message
  • Unravelling a mystery through interesting narrative choices
  • Learning about Beth’s hopes and fears
  • Directing the conversation to root out the truth

Starring

  • Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) as Adam
  • Luci Fish (Safe House, Another Eden) as Beth

From the lead designer of Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, AMC Games, and SundanceTV: The Magnificent Trufflepigs.

Story

It’s summer in the idyllic northern English village of Stanning. Beth is a successful twenty-something who’s poised to become the CEO of the biggest company in the valley, on the cusp of settling down, maybe having a couple kids. Life seems so straight-forward, but something’s missing…

Many years ago, Beth found an earring while metal detecting on a local farm. It brought her brief fame (and a modest sum of cash for a pre-teen), but—most importantly—it made her feel special. But she never found the earring’s match.

Now, the old farm is only a week away from being demolished so an energy company can turn it into a solar farm. Beth decides this is her last chance to rekindle that childhood sense of adventure. There’s too much ground to cover by herself, so (despite warnings from her friends) she’s hatched a plan to invite Adam back into her life. Beth’s search for the long-lost earring will unearth much more than she’s bargained for.

Watch the announcement trailer below.

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