Developer Trebuchet, known as Prison Boss VR and Jousting Time, announced Winds & Leaves, a “virtual reality flora builder” for PlayStation VR. The launch is scheduled for this autumn of 2021.
Winds & Leaves is a game about regrowing a world’s flora. The fantasy we set ourselves to recreate was to be able to take your shovel, dig a hole in the ground, plant a seed, and witness magnificent trees grow to maturity. After repeating that a few times, you would turn back and realize you just created a whole forest.
The world of Winds & Leaves is born from merging various inspirations. The general mood and pacing were heavily influenced by The Man Who Planted Trees, an old French-Canadian animated short film about a hermit spending his entire life growing forests all alone, one tree at a time. Winds & Leaves’ art style uses simple shapes and a colorful palette inspired by traditional animation ink-and-paint backgrounds to represent the contrast between barren lands and the lush forests the player creates.
In Winds & Leaves, you are The Gardener, a lonely being whose sole objective is to grow vegetation in an arid world. This is no small feat, considering that you will only have your stilts, some planting tools, and your unlimited thirst for exploration. As you begin to explore the world, you will stumble across ancient landmarks that you will have to awaken by summoning the energy from your constantly growing forests. You will soon realize that these imposing structures are part of a larger whole.