Indie developer Ace Team unveiled The Eternal Cylinder today, a new open-world survival adventure game that reminds me a lot of the evolution simulator/God game Spore. It’s coming to PC via Epic Games Store and unnamed consoles in 2020.
Here’s how the developer describes their game:
In The Eternal Cylinder, players control a herd of adorable creatures called Trebhums and must explore a strange alien world filled with exotic lifeforms, surreal environments, and the constant threat of the Cylinder, a gargantuan rolling structure of ancient origin which crushes everything in its path. This vast ecosystem is a massive, procedurally generated land with unique animal AI, real-time world destruction, and organic exploration and puzzle design for emergent gameplay that ensures no two playthroughs are ever the same.
Your Trebhums begin at the bottom of the food chain but can mutate and evolve with new physical attributes and abilities by eating a variety of flora and fauna. Devise and adapt dozens of mutations, including new traversal skills like flying and swimming to reach new areas, as well as new senses to help overcome puzzles, challenges and dangers. Your many Trebhums can each have different mutations, and new mutations don’t replace ones you already have, letting you stack ability sets in dynamic ways. Each mutation will also change the physical look of a Trebhum, generating near countless surprising creature designs for you to discover organically as you explore.
Ace Team is the studio behind Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages, so somewhat quirky games are kind of their thing. And as you can see from the trailer, the game looks promising. It might be something worth keeping on your radar.