Game news Disney Dreamlight Valley: When Animal Crossing moves to Disneyland. We saw it!
Ever wanted to have Goofy as a neighbor as Wall-E rakes up your garden and Scrooge prepares to open a ready-made clothing store at the end of the road? With Disney Dreamlight Valley, Gameloft wants to take the player into a magical world. In the program: life simulation, adventure, a shovel of Disney characters to be friends and a lot of personalization. We were able to watch an exclusive show about France to give you a taste of what awaits you in this funny epic. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!
Terms of presentation
We were able to watch a Disney Dreamlight Valley hands-off demo for an hour (in PC version) with part of the development team.
The hybridization between a life simulator and an adventure game
The idea for Disney Dreamlight Valley came about when Gameloft development team, fans of the enchanted world of the famous American mouse, wondered what it could be like to live in a world surrounded by all the Disney Pixar characters. Excluding action or battle engineers. After a lot of thought, it was finally the idea of the life simulator that won the votes with the developers. In the words of the studio members, Disney’s Dreamlight Valley is “a hybrid between a life simulator and an adventure game that contains all the nice content of a sandbox but also an epic script in which you have to solve mysteries“.
The demo started in a normally enchanted universe altered by strange roots that had placed their thorny organ around most of the structures in the valley. The sun gave way to the darkness and the inhabitants began to lose their memories. These sad events took place after the departure of the person in charge of this once magnificent place, whose protagonist remains a secret for the time being. After creating his avatar, the user is greeted by Merlin, whose beard size only matches his optimism. The magician is convinced that the character embodied by the player is the chosen one who will restore the valley to its old glory. It must be acknowledged that hope is allowed, since within a few minutes, the avatar discovers that it has magical powers capable of destroying demonic roots. After a short sequence of magic herbs, a sphere appears and the druid regains his memory.
Disney Dreamlight Valley is a game that could be considered a meeting between Animal Crossing and Disney Adventure. The adventurer’s mission is to manage a village, bring the inhabitants back to the valley and become their friend. Playable as classic third-party software, it requires you to manage a lot of data with joy and good humor. The world is divided into large areas inspired by great Disney-Pixar movies with the countryside (Mickey), the forest (Snow White), the snowy world (Frozen), the savannah (The Lion King), the swamp (The Princess and the Frog), the beach (Vaiana) and the “Forgotten Earth“, A universe specially designed for play. Each biosome has its own unique elements (fauna and flora) useful for the construction of objects or dishes. Why yes, the player will have to find various resources if he wants to be friends like a pig with the Disney heroes.
Become a friend to win
In trying to free the valley from the terrible threat of oblivion, the player will have to sympathize with the stars of our childhood. All of the Disney characters in the game have their own story arc developed through missions. These are unlocked according to the level of friendship gained (from level 1 to level 10) and give a bonus to the sandbox. For example, it is possible to unlock Remy’s restaurant (Ratatouille) as well as avatar skins. Gameloft wanted to develop unique stories (in agreement with Disney) corresponding to the character of the protagonists. Goofy, for example, has goals related to fishing or scrapbooking, Mickey wants to find Minnie, and Scrooge wants to build his own shop, search for treasures in the valley, and make a profit. “We want Disney characters to be the main reason the player deals with our sandbox“, Explains Gameloft. The world is also inhabited by small animals that can be domesticated in exchange for a little time and a lot of food.
The Dreamlight Valley can be shaped by the player using tools (such as a shovel, watering can, pickaxe, fishing rod) to find it as you progress. These very important tools are quickly accessible via a selection wheel. Since the object of the game is to make friends with as many people as possible in the valley, not only do you have to succeed in special missions, but also prepare small dishes. Therefore, the player has the ability to create a garden with his shovel, water the seeds with the watering can and mix the various ingredients using the pots that exist in the world. According to the development studio, a recipe that is too bold can not ruin a friendship, as opposed to what could actually happen. Gradually alliances are formed, even strengthened, and the player runs the village like a real manager.. With the right words (and especially the right choices), friends roll up their sleeves and come to the aid of the user in their daily chores: Silly fishing and Wall-E work wonders in the garden (or vice versa).
Interacting with the heroes he meets is the only way to increase his avatar level, and therefore increase his energy, which allows him to do more in the sandbox before he needs to rest at home or eat an apartment. Gameloft clarifies that it is not possible to spend real money to increase energy levels or improve your character: only cosmetics you can buy for a few euros. Once the pickaxe is collected, the cursed blocks are no longer an obstacle for the player. Some special cubes even release light, making parts of the kingdom glow again. The pickaxe is also used to extract materials needed to make certain items. Each time a new area is unlocked, it gives access to new characters for chat, so you can move on with the story.. Because yes, unlike other games of the same genre, Disney Dreamlight Valley has a real script, we’re sure.
For big and small geniuses
Although we particularly mentioned the aspect of the life simulator of Gameloft’s future production, Disney Dreamlight Valley is also an adventure game. In addition to the narrative arches to discover with the inhabitants of the valley, the player can go to the Castle of Dreams located in the heart of the village. Inside there are many doors, doors that teleport the adventurer into universes (called Kingdoms) belonging to other Disney characters who left the valley when events escalated. During our demo, we were able to observe the world of Wall-E. “Disney Kingdom is a narrative bubble in which you spend time with one character through many missions.“Again, the developers sum up. Different targets are proposed to gain the hero ‘s trust, in this case Wall-E, and then return to the village. He was asked, among other things, to repair his caterpillar. The team warns that puzzles, just at the beginning, quickly become more complicated. The main target of the software is the audience between the ages of 25 and 35, mainly because of these famous puzzles that promise to collect your mind at specific times, proof if needed that the game does not seem to appeal only to young audiences. According to Gameloft, it will take between 40 and 60 hours of play to complete the main story. The ambition is to regularly add new doors to extend the end-of-game experience.
Personalization at the heart of the business model
Obviously, Disney Dreamlight Valley necessarily resembles Animal Crossing in the dimension of the life simulator. Like the game designed by Nintendo, customization is everywhere. The avatar house can be arranged according to our preferences, as well as the valley itself. It is indeed possible to move any house and incorporate the information available in the library as we think. According to Gameloft, the protagonists of the valley will be able to react to the elements that are placed.
Every day, the Scrooge store gets new clothes to buy and equipment. With hats, jewelry, jackets, T-shirts, pants, shoes… lovers of over-personalization will be thrilled. A tool is even available to create your own clothes using layers. The avatar can be repeated at any time, both in the features of his face and in the proportions of his body. Disney Dreamlight Valley is envisioned as a 100% single player game, although the team seems to be preparing content, in the future, that will be structured around a multiplayer dimension. This can be an opportunity to show your friends a glamorous valley.
Disney Dreamlight Valley will be released in Early Access this summer through the Founder Packs. Game Pass subscribers will also have access. The final version will adopt the Free to Play business model and will be released in 2023. During the release of Early Access, between 10 and 20 Disney characters are scheduled to meet. The goal is to add them regularly, as in any good service game. Only cosmetics can be unlocked with real euros. Disney Dreamlight Valley is coming to PC, Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One.