At first glance, Dwell looks like it might have been taken right out of the 16-bit era. With its pixel art, tiny little people, and top-down views, it certainly boasts an art style familiar to older gamers.
Yet there’s something very modern about this title, which is all about giving players the tools and freedom to build their own worlds in their own fashion. Dwell is a multiplayer crafting sandbox in which players explore the world, gather resources, specialize in a career, and construct their own houses and villages. It’s not massively multiplayer, but it’s not tiny either, as each server will hold around 200 people.
Dwell has been developed by a small team of four, is currently in closed alpha, and will be coming to Steam at some point in the future. Curious about Dwell? Then check out an early preview of the game, which notes, “Using simple but clean and artistic 2-D pixel art, Punkdrift managed to end up with a bunch of features without sacrificing the game’s aesthetics.”