Ooblets, the out-in-early-access blend of Pokemon and Harvest Moon from developers Glumberland, is on the verge of getting its first major content update. Details on the update and more, including a 2021 target for the full 1.0 Ooblets launch, can be found in a newly published roadmap from Glumberland, right alongside a bit of exciting news for the game dev duo themselves.
Rebecca Cordingley and Ben Wasser, co-founders of Glumberland and creators of Ooblets, took to the game's official site today to share the new roadmap and their personal news. The next thing on the horizon for Ooblets is the release of the Nullwhere Update in September, which will add the Nullwhere as a visitable region alongside some new crops, recipes, and variants of certain ooblets that could previously only be collected through Dance Barn showdowns.
As for Cordingley and Wasser, they've also got something else on the way: their first child.
"We're super excited, hopeful, nervous, and all the other emotions people can have," writes Wasser on the Ooblets site. "The pandemic has thrown a bit of a wrench in our plans to have our families around to help us in person, so we're going to be taking everything on ourselves, but I think we're up to the task."
Wasser goes on to explain that they've been "planning around" the baby for a while and have been working accordingly, especially with regards to plans for future updates. "We can't foresee how delivery will go and how much our lives will be thrown for a loop caring for a newborn, but we're pretty confident we can keep a decent pace of bugfixes and updates before and sometime after delivery," says Wasser. "Rebecca is the hardest-working, smartest, and most capable person I know, so if anyone can juggle having a baby and making a major video game, it's her. That said, we're not going to push ourselves past any limits."
Out beyond the Nullwhere update and their big day, Cordingley and Wasser have a steady stream of updates planned that will take Ooblets to its full release. They expect to launch an update with an explorable Wildlands (where rehomed ooblets can be found) in December, followed by two more updates adding new regions in early-to-mid 2021. After that, sometime in the latter half of the year, they hope to launch Ooblets in 1.0, which will feature a conclusion of its meta story.
A big congratulations is in order for Cordingley and Wasser, and Ooblets fans can rejoice in having more things to do (and perhaps some more cool duds to don) very soon. If you haven't checked it out yourself, be sure to read Senior Editor Caty McCarthy's impressions of the Ooblets early access launch from last month.