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Metal-detection romance The Magnificent Trufflepigs hikes onto Steam next week

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture lead designer Andrew Crawshaw is returning to the pastoral English countryside next month with The Magnificent Trufflepigs.

Coming to Steam on June 3rd (and Epic some time later), Trufflepigs is a laid-back first-person romance debut debut for Crawshaw's new studio, Thunkd. Like a cosy Sunday drama, the game follows leading man Adam as he returns to his hometown and helps his childhood friend Beth hunt down a long-lost treasure.

What this means is you'll be doing plenty of metal detecting, "meditatively exploring" the fields with your big metal detecting stick to discover and dig up a whole lotta trash (and the occasional treasure). In a nod to Firewatch, you'll be whiling away the hours chatting to Beth on your walkie-talkie, sending her pics of the occasional find.

It all sounds profoundly twee, but the game's store page threatens to uncover cracks in Beth and Adam's perfect summer. In classic Hallmark movie fashion, there's a big firm ready to tear down the farm, though it also appears Beth may have buried more than just missing jewellery. 

"The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a game about trying to find something, and the tone it sets is like a typical English summer: mostly pleasant, but with stormy moments that threaten to ruin everything."

I suppose it's for the best Crawshaw wasn't gunning for a Scottish summer, really. Grim times all around up here.

A one-time dog sledder, pancake flipper, alien wrangler and indie darling, Nat now scours the internet looking for the hottest PC gaming news. Destined to become Scotland's first Battlemech pilot.