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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 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Rich Adams and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Narrative game with Adventure, Communication, Creative and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 and a half hours and 5 and a half hours to complete. You can advance through the game without collecting everything or visiting every part. This means that how long it takes to play varies from person to person.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

The game is never graphic but characters do talk about losing people including parents. There's a general refugee theme as those living in the valley are being forced to leave and choose the few belongings to take with them. There are also people who have been put to sleep and are now lying prone in a car park which is unsettling. The background narrative includes a war with child soldiers that people talk about. "It's the hardest thing. They were just boys and they killed my family."

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although you could get around the game as a younger player, you need substantial perseverance to dig into the different locations and piece together what is happening. It's a slow game that you need patience and inquisitiveness to enjoy.

CostsCosts

Season: A Letter to the Future usually costs £20.99 to £24.99.
 

Season: A Letter to the Future

PlayStation Store PS5 £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Steam Store PC £20.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/01/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Narrative (Adventure, Communication, Creative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 26 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Scav Studio (@ScavStudio)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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