Beautiful, serene, and enchanting, Sky: Children of the Light marries the thrill of exploring a mysterious world with the deep sense of contentment that comes from collaborating with others. It’s unlike any game we’ve ever played.
Which should come as no surprise. Several years in the making, Sky is the latest release from the innovative development studio Thatgamecompany—the same team behind indie hits Journey and Flower.
In Sky, you play as a child of the light traveling through a wondrous world divided into seven realms. Your cape—energized by sources of light found throughout these lands—lets you glide through the air and skim along clouds with fluid grace, whether you’re flying solo or soaring with other online players (up to eight of you at once). With your trusty candle, you’ll illuminate the world bit by bit, pushing back the darkness and igniting beacons to open doors to new areas. You’ll meet dozens of ancestors, who will teach you new expressions—like setting off a dazzling fireworks show—or offer items like capes, hairstyles, and musical instruments.
Although you can play Sky alone, the experience truly comes to life when you connect with friends, family, or strangers. Can’t reach a hidden cliff? Signal a passer-by who has a more powerful cape and perhaps they’ll take your hand and escort you up. The desire to help others is woven through the game’s very fabric. Level up your friendship with another player and you can hold hands, give hugs, and send chat messages. Or keep things cordial and stick to waving. Sky’s deep social systems are always under your full control. Whether you’re drifting past colossal mountains, solving environmental brainteasers, or just sitting around a fire chatting with friends and family, Sky’s message of discovery and camaraderie is unabashedly and refreshingly uplifting.