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‘Disney Dreamlight Valley’ Developer Working on A D&D Life Sim

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Mar 15 2024

Get ready to farm Goodberries. The makers of Disney Dreamlight Valley announced an official D&D life simulation/action RPG in the works.

Gameloft, better known as the makers of the hit life sim and copyright minefield, Disney Dreamlight Valley, announced a D&D life simulation in the works. Promising to blend together life simulation and dungeon crawling, the new game will take place in the Forgotten Realms and will likely be the first official 5E product to actually feature magic item crafting rules.

The newly announced game still has sparse details at the moment, though you better believe more will be coming before too long. Especially since Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro are going all-in on digital gaming for the next while. As long as Baldur’s Gate 3 keeps fostering goodwill, for certain.

Here’s what we know so far.

Dreamlight Valley Developers At Work on D&D Life Sim

First, the official announcement came from Gameloft Montreal, the team most responsible for Disney Dreamlight Valley. However, it seems that, for the D&D title, the developer is branching out into hybrid territory. Because any good D&D character will be a multiclass, the same holds true for the game, which promises to blend genres, presumably to incorporate no small amount of dungeon delving for rare materials:

The game, set in the mythical Forgotten Realms within the Dungeons & Dragons® universe, will bring unique cooperative gameplay built around an innovative hybrid of survival, life simulation and action RPG. Players can expect an adventure where the rich lore of this legendary franchise meets real-time survival in a unique campaign of resilience, camaraderie, and danger at nearly every turn. 

That last line in particular is telling. Real-time survival clues you in to how the game is gonna be paced. How “real” the real time is remains to be seen, but you’ll probably be farming up materials and building your basecamp/village/whatever while recruiting friends to your aide. Will you build an adventuring party or just a cast of NPCs? Who can say.

But friendship/relationships are at the heart of Disney Dreamlight Valley, and it stands to reason that you’d see a fair amount of that here, too. But it seems like friendship may well be the real treasure we made along the way, at least, according to the Creative Director at Gameloft Montreal:

Making friends, both on and off the table, has always been a core Dungeons & Dragons value and it is our goal, as life-long fans, to bring this experience to a different genre renowned for emergent gameplay and shared narrative that can be enjoyed by both newcomers and tabletop masters alike.

So get ready to get out there and build relationships by feeding goodberries to your NPCs.


Author: J.R. Zambrano
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