An Aussie Studio Is Basically Making Their Own Breath Of The Wild

An Aussie Studio Is Basically Making Their Own Breath Of The Wild

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from 5 Lives Studios, the Queenslanders behind the excellent spiritual successor to Syndicate, Satellite Reign. They’ve been working on a new project for a while, and this morning it was finally announced. It’s called Windbound, but what you really need to know is that it’s basically an Australian Breath of the Wild.

The basic principle of the game is that you’re stuck on a shipwrecked island, left to your own devices to explore, hunt, craft and survive. The way items appear in the world is so Breath of the Wild – the characteristic poof and the explosions are so Nintendo-inspired it’s impossible not to draw the comparison.

The look, sound and charm is there too. The main tool at your disposal is a craft which you can use to travel from one island to the next, navigating the windy waters along the way.

You start the game with no food, materials or weapons, much like the opening of Breath of the Wild. Along the way, you’ll run into strong winds, deadly sea creatures, a giant frog that looks like they spit poison, and other beasts many, many times larger than the tiny Kara.

Four official screeners are available on the main site, so here’s a good idea of what it’ll look like in full flight.

windbound breath of the wild
windbound breath of the wild
windbound breath of the wild
windbound breath of the wild

The game will launch on August 28 across PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One. Chances are we’ll hear plenty about this game closer to launch too, since it’s a local developer with a major local publisher. I’ll keep you posted as we get more details.

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  • Wow, it really does look a lot like BoTW, I wonder if that was a conscious choice after BoTW’s success or a style they were already working with before BoTW

    • There is not a single design idea that doesn’t seem directly lifted from BotW. You’d think after seeing the outrage caused by Genshin Impact 5 Lives Studios would be smart enough to know better.

  • It does look aesthetically similar and with some elements, like the glider and bow/arrow but gameplay-wise it looks like it’ll be a much different experience with your larger ship potentially giving you access to different islands, etc.

  • Their site mentions PS4 too, you might want to correct that.
    I was a bit bummed initially that it wasn’t coming to PS4 as I prefer to play these kind of games on the PS4 rather than my PC.

  • There’s a bit of RiME in there, did anyone notice the wild boars. Some Absolver aesthetics for sure. All I ever wanted to do was explore off every path in that game. I see the Glider from Breath of the Wild. It’s a great matchup of all three for sure!

    Speaking of Australia, has anyone else ever noticed the abundance of Australian Bird calls in BoTW. There’s at least three!

    WindBound Looks Great!

  • Windbound sure looks different to the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker.
    But Windbound on the Nintendo Switch made by an Aussie developer in Queensland known as 5 Lives Studios sure looks fantastic to me even though it will be coming out in August later this this year.

  • Looks interesting. I really hope it turns out to be a good game, would carry me over while I wait for BotW2.

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