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Tchia is a beautiful open-world adventure that pays homage to the culture of New Caledonia

Tchia

In its most basic form, the game Tchia appears to be an entirely straightforward adventure game about a young girl exploring an island, petting crabs, and conversing with elderly fishermen. When she comes upon a seagull, she sneaks up on it and takes over its body, claiming to be the ghost from Geist in the process. Tchia, on the other hand, appears to be in good health, as you can see in the game’s new trailer above, despite his outward appearance of being ill.

From New Caledonia, Tchia draws inspiration

Tchia

This game is inspired by the island of New Caledonia, where Phil Crifo and Thierry Boura, co-founders of developer Awaceb, grew up together and where Tchia was developed. The team hopes to create something that will be enjoyable to those who are unfamiliar with the culture as a result of this project.

The French territory of New Caledonia is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, close to Australia, despite the fact that it is a French territory. Since 1850, it has been a part of the French Empire. In this region, which dates back thousands of years, the Lapita people, who some archaeologists believe to be the ancestors of Polynesians and Melanesians, were the first people to live in the area, which has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years. The region was named New Caledonia by the British navigator James Cook because it reminded him of his home country of Scotland, where he was born. The first Europeans to discover New Caledonia were British navigator James Cook and his crew in 1774 when they “discovered” the region. After that, we move forward to the present day, where New Caledonia is primarily populated by Kanaks (a subgroup of the Melanesian people), but it also has cultural influences from other countries such as Japan and Taiwan, as well as Indonesia and Vietnam among other places.

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There’s a threat known as “Meavora,” that Tchia will have to deal with in order to complete her overall quest, and based on a few shots of smoke-belching factories, I’m willing to bet that it has something to do with mankind’s encroachment on nature and general mess-making throughout the world. In addition, as Crifo points out, Awaceb draws a lot of inspiration from Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli films, which is consistent with the theory.

Is there a trailer?

Also included is Tchia’s guitar, which she’ll use at various points throughout the game, including during a rhythm game in which you’ll be able to select notes from a circular menu, similar to the one found in The Last of Us Part 2. Tchia’s cast will be voiced by local actors who will contribute to the overall experience by speaking in the traditional regional languages of the region. A Kanak choir will provide musical support for the film’s soundtrack, which will be released later this year.

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Tchia

It’s possible that you’re familiar with Awaceb from their first game, the cartoon-style puzzle-platformer Fossil Echo, which was released in 2016. The fact that they have spent the last several years expanding their operations in preparation for this much larger game is beyond dispute.

Upon its release, Tchia will be available only through the Epic Games Store, and it is expected to arrive in 2022. As 9to5 Google points out, the game was originally intended to be a Stadia-only title, but the agreement fell through.

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