Garden Story surpise launch launches available today now Nintendo Switch PC Steam Picogram Rose City Games

As formally revealed at Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase, developer Picogram and publisher Rose City Games have decided to surprise-launch Garden Story on Nintendo Switch and PC today. Garden Story is a hybrid of different genres, with some intense combat combined with farming and city-building, as the launch trailer illustrates. There are a few different weapons to swap between to battle different types of invasive “Rot,” creatures that are ruining the world. When you, the Guardian of the Grove, are not fighting though, you will be talking with charming citizens and helping to foster a community.

Sister site The Escapist has prepared a review of Garden Story on PC that you can check out. In a nutshell, the game has a surprisingly heavy focus on combat, with a few challenging boss encounters, and the gardening and city-building aspects actually enter a bit late and do not factor heavily into reaching the end of the game. That’s a bummer, but apparently Garden Story is great fun in spite of that — and since it surprise-launches today, you can find out for yourself.

There is plenty of cool news coming out of this Indie World Showcase today, so keep coming back for my updates and highlights, like the release date for Eastward.

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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