Watch 23 minutes of West of Loathing in 37 seconds

If you've been wanting to get a peek at the upcoming singleplayer stick-figure RPG West of Loathing, now's your chance—just don't blink or you'll miss it. Developer Asymmetric, maker of The Kingdom of Loathing, the browser-based multiplayer RPG that's been around since 2003, has condensed 23 minutes of West of Loathing's gameplay into 37 seconds, which you can watch above.

Perhaps a sped-up video isn't the most informative way to present gameplay footage, since it flies by so quickly, but the intermittent pausing I did while viewing the trailer gave me a brief look at the following features:

  • Gaining XP from combing your hair
  • A safe to store pies in
  • Finding a literal needle in a haystack
  • A town called Boring Springs
  • What appears to be a drinking contest
  • A ten gallon hat with wizard stars on it (!)
  • Horsies
  • Dynamite
  • A fight with a giant snake
  • A large map populated with locations to visit

The teaser ends by telling us everything in the video is just from the prologue of the game, and that West of Loathing will be arriving on PC in August. Yeehaw!

Christopher Livingston
Staff Writer

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.