Annapurna Interactive and developer Ben Esposito have announced that unique narrative physics puzzler Donut County will release on August 28 for PS4, Xbox One, iOS, and PC via Steam and GOG.
The long in development title was originally borne from a playful games jam creation, but morphed into a full-fledged title as Esposito recognized the appeal of the its unique dynamics. Esposito is best known for his design work on What Remains of Edith Finch. Taking inspiration from a racoon-invested apartment he once lived in, the city of Los Angeles, and his gamer cat, Esposito coated his relaxing puzzles in a rich narrative veneer.
In Donut County, players control an ever-expanding hole in the ground. Within the game’s narrative, these holes are remote controlled by imbecilic raccoons and in this case said racoon is a mischievous procyonid named BK.
Intent on swallowing up as much trash as possible from the comfort of a tablet, BK is joined by his best bud Mira (with whom he owns a donut shop, a front for a nefarious Raccoon-run trash stealing enterprise) as he rampages through town destroying everything in his path. BK won’t stop until he’s consumed Donut County in its entirety.
Donut County is divided into different levels representing stories from survivors of the hole’s destructive power. These folk live a mile underground and are eager to convince BK of his silliness; a central theme of the story. Players can explore each of these unique levels, combine trash to comedic effect, and use the hole’s powers to solve a variety of puzzles by, for example, catapulting trash out of the whole.
Gameplay is heavily focused around the physics of the hole and players should have a blast trying to consume increasingly large objects as the game progress. Aesthetically, the game borrows heavily from the polygonal tradition and resembles indie titles such as Burly Men At Sea and Terroir.
Pre-orders are now live and PlayStation 4 players will receive an exclusive dynamic theme with unique menu scrolling sound effects as well as small discount of the listed price. Today’s news also comes with a trailer, which sheds more light on what Donut County is all about.