The cat-filled exploration of a Japan-inspired island is still on the way.
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It's been a while, but development on adorable social sim Mineko's Night Market is still chugging away, with the cat-filled game getting a new trailer this week at Gamescom.
Mineko's Night market follows Mineko, a young girl who has just arrived on the struggling Mount Fugu Island, where villagers have begun to catch sight of the mysterious Sun Cat Abe, who they worship. Mineko must work to restore the village to its former glory through daily activities, quests, crafting, and participation in the weekly Night Market where she can buy, barter, befriend the townsfolk, and play games.
For those following Mineko's Night Market, it's been a long wait. The game was first announced as far back as 2015 and at one point was planned for a 2019 release, but was pushed back repeatedly. It's made by a very small team, but has since picked up a publisher in Humble Bundle and a number of other partners, including A Shell in the Pit for audio. Currently, it has no planned release date still, but is anticipated for Nintendo Switch and PC when the time comes.
Even if its actual release date has been hazy for a long time, every time Mineko's Night Market has resurfaced it's looked better and better. Hopefully this latest trailer means we might finally get to visit the night market sooner rather than later.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.