Grow Home was one of the most delightful surprises of last year: a physicsy platformer about a robot called B.U.D. planting and climbing flowers. Now it’s getting a sequel called Grow Up, which is due for release this August. Watch the E3 trailer below.
Here’s what the announcement says, with details of what’s new this time around:
BUD returns with new abilities that include his Floradex, which enables him to clone any of Grow Up’s 24 distinct plant species, and use their weirdly useful capabilities to bounce, catapult, and soar through the landscape and discover its secrets. With the help of a new flying friend, POD, he can tackle the game’s missions or take time exploring and reshaping its boundless world. Eventually, he’ll need to find a way to grow the planet’s gigantic Star Plants, climb into space, and reach the distant moon for a reunion with the final piece of MOM.
One of the most surprising things about Grow Home is that it’s made by Ubisoft, where it grew out of experiments with a new physics-based animation system. BUD’s clumsiness is part of its joy: he’s not so great on his feet, and totters and tumbles as you steer him around. At first. Over time you learn how to compensate for his top-heavy stumbles, using his precise and grippy hands to climb cliffs and his jetpack to propel him around.