Mail Time, the adorable cottagecore collect-a-thon platforming adventure from 23-year-old solo developer Kela Van Der Deijl and publisher Freedom Games, dropped off its most important new package yet during Wholesome Snack’s pre-show segment before The Game Awards kicks off. Along with a debut of new gameplay, the announcement of PlayStation 5 and 4 versions were made, arriving in April 2023 simultaneously alongside the previously announced Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac editions.
The new animated trailer features never-before-seen locations like an enormous leftover picnic and the eccentric cast of characters inhabiting it. A hungry hamster in need of savory sweets, a squirrel trying to file a formal complaint, and a crime craving rat recruiting partners are just a few in need of a newly minted Mail Scout’s delivery services. Step onto fresh-cut grass, take a deep breath, and hop, skip, or glide to the first of many missions only mushroom caps can tackle.
Use each job as an opportunity to explore the forest, meet diverse and cute critters around Grumblewood Grove, handle their packages with the utmost care, and listen to each of their stories. Motivate a training-focused turtle, act as the wingmate of a snail with a secret crush, or join an old soul as they relive their best memories.
Jump and bounce onto mushrooms or branches to discover dilapidated delivery routes and collect special bottle caps hidden throughout eight different locations full of cozy vibes. Personalize the protagonist Mail Scout with more than 46,000 combinations between their pronouns, colors, hair style, mail bag, clothing, and skin tone. Grumblewood Grove welcomes anyone and everyone to make a home here.
“Mail Time is now one delivery stop closer to release! I hope everyone at The Game Awards enjoyed their animated trailer package,” said Kela Van Der Deijl, Creator of Mail Time, “I am stoked that Freedom Games is helping bring my life’s work to both the Nintendo’s and PlayStation cozy communities. Everyone get your fuzziest socks and your warmest cup of hot chocolate, Mail Time is on its way to your doorstep next spring.”