Just announced as part of Wholesome Snack: The Game Awards Edition — Spirittea, the upcoming life sim set in rural East Asia that sees players fixing up an old bathhouse, is coming to Xbox and PC Game Pass in 2023.
Inspired in equal measure by iconic life sim Stardew Valley, and classic spirit-focused anime and manga, Spirittea follows a writer who has escaped to the countryside, in order to clear their head and find inspiration for their next novel.
However, after accidentally drinking from an old mystical teapot, our protagonist begins to see the spirit world overlapping with their reality.
Wonyan, a nuisance cat spirit, and faithful guide shows our writer how many spirits need saving — and hands over the keys to an old bathhouse, where spirits go to relax.
Spirittea is both a life sim and management game, all in one. Players live day to day, finding local NPCs and spirits to help, and taking part in tons of different hobbies, ranging from bug catching to karaoke.
Every spirit you help will then turn up at your bathhouse, where you can offer them towels, salts, snacks, and a lovely hot soak. Upgrading your bathhouse with new furniture, rooms, and baths is key to attracting the most exciting spirits, including elusive Lord Spirits, who take up an entire room each.
Spirittea will launch in 2023 on PC, Game Pass, and Nintendo Switch.