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Maize launch trailer introduces your robotic Russian bear sidekick

I have a feeling that the launch trailer for Maize, the game about sentient ears of corn and the government scientists who created them, will give you a pretty good idea about whether or not you're going to want to play it. It introduces Vladdy, a Russian robot bear of apparently ill temperament, who will serve as your sidekick in the game—but he doesn't quite get the opportunity to say hello.

I think it's hilarious, but I'll be up front about it, I'm still not entirely clear on what the game is actually about, and the launch date announcement isn't very helpful. "What would happen if stalks of corn could walk? Talk? Crack jokes? You probably never considered it before, but now you’re starting to, aren’t you?" it says. "Explore the winding cornfields of Maize for clues, venture your way into the super secret research bunker beneath the desolate farmstead, meet a colourful cast of characters along the way, including silly sentient corn stalks, a grumpy Russian robot bear, and two scientists who maybe shouldn’t be scientists." 

Steam has a little bit more to say about it: It's set in a "fully-realized environment, featuring a cornucopia of areas to explore," with a colorful cast of friends and enemies, and increasingly absurd environmental puzzles to solve. Your goal? Figure out what the corn wants. Sounds simple enough, right? And definitely like the sort of thing I want to try. Maize comes out on December 1.  

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.