The Gameplay of Season
High in the mountains is a village sheltered from the turmoil of the changing seasons. No one has left in a generation, no one until Estelle. In their world, a season is a period of history, an epoch. This Season is coming to an end. She climbs into the not-known and leaves her house to capture this Moment for the future. Estelle navigates through a strange but familiar world, witnessing a life on the verge of an imminent but secret change.
The gameplay of Season: a Letter to the Future focuses on exploring, recording, meeting and deciphering the strange world around you. You can get off your bike at any time and equip a tool from your pocket. Each one captures a different level; the sounds and the music, The art and The architecture, the voices of the elderly, the disappeared religious practices, the traces of the past seasons. Your tools will help you subtract these layers until you can capture culture, history and ecology among everything.
Your Camera can record everything You see. Your microphone can capture and play back everything you hear thanks to directional sound recording. This action also leads to moments of reflection and investigation while understanding your environment, which triggers Estelle’s thoughts and investigations. Use these recordings of the present to find answers for the future.
The time you spend with other people is crucial. They help you through moments of silent crisis. In their lives, the change that happens to the world is not abstract, but immediate. They are trying to navigate, to survive, to find a way to live. You help them. You remember her. The decisions you make resonate and the importance of what you do becomes more and more tangible. By showing your photos to these characters you meet, you can also get useful information or a Moment of connection.
Everything comes together in your diary, a letter to the future, in which you gather the fragments of the Season into a whole. Through snapshots and images, you build an evolving expression of your own point of view on what you have seen and done during your journey. Thanks to The act of recording, your explorations and investigations throughout the story will be rewarded in a surprising way.
With the PlayStation 5 Dualsense controller, you can feel the terrain under your tires thanks to the tactile feel of the controller. When riding a bike, you feel the Resistance in the adaptive triggers of the controller as you climb steep hills, and then enjoy a relaxed hill downhill. You don’t need to stick to the main road: cycling off the beaten track will take you to hidden places and new discoveries.