Way to the Woods

Way to the Woods is a gorgeous exploration game. Explore the journey of a deer and fawn as they try to make their way home in an abandoned, post-apocalyptic world. The game will be released for Xbox One and PC someday in 2020.

About this game

Way to the Woods is a third-person survival and adventure game created by Anthony Tan – a young video game developer.


The game is about 2 deer – one adult and fawn as they find themselves in a long journey looking for the way back home through a desolated place after human extinction. Smash into vending machines and glass scavenging food for you and your fawn, use your magical antler powers to gather specks of light and reactivate broken down machines.
Along your way, you will meet floating sewer fish, wild hounds and talking cats and you must recognize your friends and foes.

The Post-apocalyptic world you will see in the Way to the Woods has a massive change compared to all the cool guns and epic explosions you played before. Instead of zombies or mutants, the quiet calm of abandoned spaces is contrasted against danger in the shape of wolves and a mysterious black goo that contaminates the landscape. And there’s a cat who ruled the suburbs.


Play as a deer and Find food, safety, shelter plus the answers on your way back to the forest. Face different adorable creatures like gangs of raccoons and self-governing cats, solve puzzles and face a black goo that corrupts whatever it touches.

But why deer?

“Because they’re really cute.” Tan said “What can I do as a deer? What emotions can I make people feel as a deer? What kind of story can I tell with a non-verbal character? How can I remind people of the other life on the planet aside from people? In a zombie movie, what is a bird doing? What is a deer doing? It’s interesting to me.”

I can’t have the player hold things sufficiently [as a deer],” he adds. “I can’t pull triggers, shoot guns or do that kind of stuff. So, I had a much more limited scope and gameplay but that allowed me to explore it more in depth.”

More information about Way to the Woods

Initial release date: 2020
Developer: Anthony Tan
Designer: Anthony Tan
Publisher: Team17 Digital Limited
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

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