Developer Scavengers Studio shows us a new trailer too SEASON: A letter to the future. In it we are brought closer to the story and the characters.
The press release provides further information:
In SEASON: A letter to the future players experience the story of the young woman Estelle from a lonely village, who explores the world for the first time by bicycle and collects memories before a catastrophe washes everything away. SEASON is the discovery of a world that is new and yet looks familiar. Estelle documents, photographs and collects while it is still possible.
In addition to the story trailer, the studio introduces a few key characters that players will encounter throughout their journey:
Young Kochi takes Estelle on a bike ride through a valley the day before it floods.
Maytora, artist and outsider, documents the valley’s history in her statues. Estelle is the only one who sees her latest creation.
Easel is the last monk of Tieng Valley. Left behind by teachers and friends, he awaits the change of season alone. Before he meets Estelle, he has nothing to pray for.
Players support the characters during their silent crises. For them, the changes that are about to happen to the world are not abstract theory, but of direct importance. They’re trying to find a way through, to survive, to find a life. Estelle helps them with that. She remembers them.
Das Gameplay in SEASON: A letter to the future is about exploration, documentation, meeting other people and understanding the strange world. Players can hop off their bikes and unpack their recording devices at any time. Each device captures different elements: sounds and music, art and architecture, the voices of old people, religious customs that are about to disappear, the traces of seasons long past… These tools help to examine the world more closely, ultimately allowing Estelle to understand the culture, history, and ecology that underlies it all.
SEASON: A letter to the future will be released on January 31st for PS4 and PS5.