If all the super-serious AAA shooters and RPGs shown during E3 2021 haven’t yet tickled your fancy, you might find what you’re looking for with Slime Rancher 2. Labeled as an Xbox console launch exclusive, this new sequel brings back all the slime-wrangling cuteness of the original game with updated graphics for a new console generation. The game made its debut during the Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 Showcase and will also be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.
Scheduled for release sometime in 2022, Slime Rancher 2 will mark the return of the protagonist Beatrix LeBeau and presumably lots and lots of sucking (of slimes, that is). Most of the action in the trailer shows a new focus on aquatic environments that are awash in vibrant colors and otherworldly shapes.
Like the first game, the focus here will likely be on collecting slimes in your VacPack so they can be re-homed on your ranch. Developer Monomi Park also makes a return for the sequel. If you have an Xbox console and some kids interested in some lighthearted farming fun, you could do a lot worse than Slime Rancher 2.