The story so far...

Eastward is a pixel art adventure RPG, set in a beautifully detailed decaying world, where society is starting to collapse as the human population shrinks to an all-time low. As the world around falls to ruin, you play as a hardworking digger John, who must guide a mysterious girl named Sam through dangerous decaying cities, inhabited by strange monsters, and even stranger people! Inspired by 90s Japanese animation, the visual style of Eastward has been brought to life using a combination of a modern, innovative 3D lighting system and a rich retro-pixel artwork.

Development started on Eastward at Pixpil’s Shanghai office in 2015, with only 3 team members, using a game engine of the studio’s own making. Built around pixel artist Hong Moran’s original intricate post-apocalyptic pixel designs, and the team’s love of the Mother and The Legend of Zelda series and older Japanese animation styles, Pixpil were inspired to create a narrative driven RPG with a soft sci-fi storyline. Since then not only the ambitions of the game has grown, but also the team, now sitting at 10 members strong as they work towards the release and beyond of their first game.


  • A beautifully detailed pixel art adventure RPG from Shanghai-based indie developers Pixpil and published by Chucklefish.
  • Join John and Sam in their emotional journey across a world falling to ruin.
  • Meet a quirky cast of characters and encounter strange monsters and distant cities.
  • Switch between controlling John and Sam to solve puzzles and fight your way through dungeons.
  • Fend off monsters with a weapon from John's arsenal. Wield a Bang-Bang Gun, Scepter of Flame, or a trusty ol' Frying Pan! The choice is yours.
  • Soundtrack composed by Joel Corelitz (Halo Infinite, Death Stranding, Gorogoa), with sound design from Hyperduck Soundworks.
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