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The Upcoming Fireside is a Cosy Game About Making Friends

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Set to release later this year, Fireside from developer Emergo Entertainment is a relaxing and adorable adventure game where players take on the role of a down-on-their-luck merchant who has crashed in an unfamiliar place.

There’s a demo currently available as part of Steam Next Fest, and we couldn’t resist jumping in. It’s only 20 to 30 minutes long, so much of the game’s story and mechanics still remain a mystery — but the glimpse we got is certainly promising.

Beginning your journey in Fireside, you’ll start with very little. And as a merchant, that isn’t a great place to start. Thankfully, the inhabitants of the area are very kind and willing to help out. Some will ask to trade certain items with you while others have items to spare that they will give for free so you can grow your business.

Fireside demo screenshot
Image: Emergo Entertainment

You’ll have to pay attention to the value of items as you trade. For example, a particular item may be more valuable to one person, so they’ll want a sizeable trade from you. Someone else may have the item and be willing to trade it for much less.

Each in-game day, you’ll journey between two campfires, gathering items along the way to add to your inventory. If you’re lucky, you might pass by someone who wants to trade for something already in your inventory, otherwise you may need to do a little trading of you own to acquire what they need. There’s a lot of back-and-forth trading in the demo, but we’re hopeful there’s plenty more still to see.

Fireside’s store page boasts features such as building and designing a home for you and your friends, and there’s a big emphasis on meeting new people and learning their stories. We’ve only met a handful so far, and the full game has 30. We’re looking forward to trying all that, but mostly, we’re looking forward to spending more time in Fireside’s eye-catching, hand-drawn world.

From what we’ve played so far, this is a calming little adventure that encourages players to slow down — and in a busy, stressful world, what more could you want right now?

There’s no release date for Fireside just yet, but it’s due out later this year. Try out its demo for yourself by clicking here.

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