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By Dan Moren

Distant is a “wondrous” platformer being published by Alto’s Adventure creators

I’m a sucker for atmospheric games, and the new trailer for Distant, an upcoming game published by Alto’s Adventure creators Built by Snowman, looks like it’s got more atmosphere than a gas giant.

There’s not much known about Distant yet, though Built by Snowman’s Ryan Cash did give an interview to Kill Screen, in which he described the game thusly:

DISTANT takes you on a wondrous voyage through pastel dreamscapes, to prevent a calamity from consuming the world you once knew. Along the way, you’ll confront an inescapable past, and learn how much you’re willing to sacrifice in your search for solace.

So, yeah. There’s that. Distant is actually developed by a new Australian studio, Slingshot and Satchel, with Built by Snowman acting as publisher and creative partner to the nascent, two-person shop. The game’s due to arrive next year for Windows, Mac, Apple TV, and consoles.

The Snowman folks are also working on another beautiful-looking game next year, Where Cards Fall, with studio The Game Band.

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[Dan Moren is a tech writer, novelist, podcaster, and the Official Dan of Six Colors. You can email him at or find him on Twitter at @dmoren.]