The February 2023 PlayStation State of Play broadcast unveiled Tchia, a new island-based adventure title headed for the platform next month. Players will be able to get their hands on the game on PC or PlayStation 4 and 5 when it launches on March 21, 2023. However, PSN users with subscriptions to PS Plus Extra or Premium will have Tchia added to their game catalog on launch day.
Sony also showed off a release date trailer for Tchia.
Tchia is inspired by the game is inspired by the real-life Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia. It was colonized by the French in the 19th century, but is the home of the indigenous Kanak people. Developer Awaceb infused the game with “all aspects of New Caledonian culture.” It includes recreations of iconic landmarks, local wildlife, and all characters are voiced by local talent and in languages.
The story of the game follows its titular heroine, Tchia, an islander whose father was taken by the evil ruler Meavora. Cloth-like creatures called the Maano have invaded her home and threaten the peace of the populace. Tchia must explore the islands, surpass challenges, and rescue her father while putting and end to the threat posed by the Maano and Meavora.
The gameplay consists of players exploring the islands with various powers. The game is structured like a free-roaming adventure, with various activities and other challenges scattered about. Tchia demonstrates the ability to “possess” and control certain objects, like a small gas lamp, which she sends flying into an enemy’s face.
The game will also have a special edition that includes various DLC outfits. The outfits will be inspired by characters from games published by Kepler Interactive, including Sifu, Scorn, Flintlock: siege of Dawn, and Cat Quest. They’ll change the designs of Tchia’s clothes, boat, musical instrument, and more.
Tchia arrives on the PC, PS4, and PS5 on March 21, 2023. The PS Plus games for March 2023 also includes titles like Code Vein.