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Lake, a Heartwarming Indie Title, Releases Today on PC and Xbox Series X|S

Take life at your own pace as you deliver mail and fall in love with this lakeside community.

By Rachel Heleva

September 1, 2021

The much-anticipated indie game Lake is set to release today. Here’s what we know about this cosy game so far.

If you’ve ever found yourself fantasizing about moving to the countryside then Lake might be the perfect new game for you. This relaxed open-world game by Dutch developer Gamious is initially available on PC and Xbox Series X | S.

Lake | Official Announcement Trailer

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Lake | Official Announcement Trailer
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When it was teased at this year’s Wholesome Direct Lake drew many eyes for its stunning backdrops and life simulation gameplay. In Lake, players step back into the year 1986 and follow the burnt-out software engineer Meredith Weiss on her journey of self-discovery.

WHAT IS THE INDIE GAME LAKE ABOUT?

Meredith has returned to her hometown and taken up a mail delivery route to escape her daily grind back in the city. Players will get to explore the virtual lakeside community of Providence Oaks, Oregon at their leisure as they deliver packages.

Gameplay clips so far have shown players driving through idyllic landscapes and engaging in conversation with townsfolk.

As a narrative-driven game, the player is given many choices. You’ll get to choose which relationships you want to invest in and what parts of town you want to explore. Lake boasts a variety of romanceable NPCs and LGBTQ+ representation.

Don’t let its lighthearted premise fool you though, Lake presents a poignant narrative that will make you reluctant to leave Providence Oaks. The choices you make will show you distinct endings with fully developed narratives.

LAST THOUGHTS ON LAKE

If you’re been looking for a new indie game to escape into then Lake will be just the thing to help you wind down. You’ll journey to Providence Oaks for its relaxing views, and stay for its heartwarming relationships. Lake offers around 6-7 hours of gameplay for most players.

Lake will be available today, September 1, on PC and Xbox consoles, with other versions on the way later this year. You can wishlist it now on Steam.

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Rachel Heleva

Rachel Heleva is a games journalist with a weakness for good stories and weird mechanics. When she's not writing about games she makes them, helping indie games reach their full potential as a producer and working on small game projects as a narrative designer.

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