Season: A Letter to the Future (2023) is a narrative adventure about a young woman sent out from her secluded community to explore the world for the first time. She is tasked with documenting life in a local valley before a mysterious cataclysm washes everything away. Unusually, you do this by taking photos and recording sounds that trigger memories and stories about the world and your place in it.
In the game, you explore the world on your bicycle and document what you find with photographs, sound recordings and drawings. At any point, you can hop off your bike to capture different things; sound, music, art and architecture, voices of old people, vanishing religious practices, and the traces of seasons long past. As you do you peel back the layers of this mystery until you’re able to grasp the culture, history, and ecology underneath everything.
Your goal is to find as much of the world as you can, to protect these treasures from being forgotten. It's a quest where you discover a new world and different societies. As you meet and interact with people you create a unique story.
What you choose to do, what you choose to record, and what you come to understand about this unique universe evolve as you explore. You can't help everyone and must make choices about what and who you spend time recording and helping. This impacts not only the world but also how the adventure ends for you.
On PlayStation 5 the DualSense controller is used for immersion. Adaptive triggers are used to pedal your bicycle, the resistance will vary depending on your speed and the steepness of the road. You feel the texture of the ground change as you cycle over different terrain, using the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback.
It's a game about prayer and memory and being held up by our ancestors. Through this, it questions the myth of progress. Collecting items for the time capsule in a world with limited time highlights the importance of holding onto what we have created. We chart the heights of society, but also how fragile and transitory culture is in the scheme of things.
Our examiner, Jo Robertson
, first checked Season: A Letter to the Future 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Rich Adams
and updated 9 days ago.