Tchia looks like a simple game about a young girl visiting an island and meeting old fishermen. She then sneaks up on a seagull, and takes possession of it like Geist. Tchia looks healthy and happy despite this, as you can see from the trailer.
Tchia was inspired by the life of Phil Crifo, Thierry Boura and their co-founders on New Caledonia. The team hopes to create something that everyone can enjoy, even those who are not familiar with the culture.
New Caledonia, located in the southwest Pacific Ocean close to Australia, is a French territory. It was annexed by France in the 1850s. Some archaeologists believe that the Lapita people were originally inhabitants of the region. James Cook, a British navigator, discovered New Caledonia in 1774. He named it New Caledonia as the area reminded him of Scotland. Modern times have New Caledonia as a predominantly Kanak subgroup of Melanesian, but it also has cultural influences from Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia.
What do you do in Tchia then? As a young girl with the ability to “soul leap” into any animal or object in the world, you play the role of a girl. Get a bird’s-eye view of the islands Soul jump into a seagull. Do you need to find treasure? You might need to dig for treasure using your dog’s paws or the pincers of a crab. Tchia can hop in a turtle to swim beneath the ocean. These abilities will allow you to solve puzzles, fight baddies and explore both natural and artificial environments.
Tchia will be dealing with a threat called “Meavora” as her overarching goal. Based on the few shots of smoke-belching factories and Tchia’s overall quest, I think it has to do with man’s invading upon nature and making a mess of everything. Crifo claims that Awaceb gets a lot of inspiration from Hayao miyazaki’s Ghibli films. This fits the theory well.
Tchia has a ukulele that she will use during certain points of the game. You’ll be able to play rhythm games and select notes from a radial list a la The Last of Us Part 2 while you’re playing. Tchia will be portrayed by actors from the local region in traditional regional languages. The soundtrack will be supported by a Kanak choir.
Awaceb may be remembered from their first game, 2016, Fossil Echo. It was a cartoon-like puzzle platformer. These guys have clearly been busy over the years expanding their operations in order to make this a bigger game.
Tchia will be arriving in Epic Games Store sometime in 2022. It was originally a Stadia exclusive according to 9to5 Google but the deal fell through.