Experience Ark of Charon during Steam Next Fest through an unrestricted demo before it blossoms into Early Access

Guide the World Tree sapling on a treacherous journey for the first time during Steam Next Fest ahead of its early access release on July 9th 2024

Kōnan, Aichi, Japan – Prepare to cultivate your courage and embark on a journey to bring balance to the world in Sunsoft’s Ark of Charon, debuting at Steam’s upcoming Next Fest before it branches onto Steam Early Access on July 9th! This distinct blend of colony simulation and tower-defending arrives at Next Fest on June 10th with a demo that offers players the chance to experience the beginning of this dangerous journey ahead of release.  

Set in a harsh world where the life-bringing World Tree is lost, take on the role of a caretaker and nurture the tree’s colossal sapling. Alongside your quest to guide the sapling to its nursery, you can grow a settlement on the creature’s back, constructing a sprawling network of buildings as you carefully manage the limited space along with the forces of gravity that can bring your housing hopes crashing back down.

Helpful familiars will inhabit your sapling-based settlement and fulfil an array of roles, from harvesting crops, foraging food, and mining for resources, all of which can be invested into new buildings as you expand your small enclave into a bustling fortress on the move. Relics of the past can also be harnessed to strengthen the colony and discover new ways of surviving the night.

This verdant voyage is no walk in the park, however. Along the way, you will encounter ferocious foes eager to nip the sapling’s progress in the bud as they are drawn to the life forces it exudes. Build formidable defenses to shield your sapling from harm, and strategically deploy an assortment of towers and traps to weed out those who threaten your quest.

The Tree-ture List:

  • Fulfill the role of the World Tree’s caretaker and restore life to a world consumed by evil
  • Construct a thriving settlement on the sapling’s back, managing limited space and the forces of gravity
  • Gather resources with the help of familiars, and discover lost human technologies in the earth below
  • Fortify settlements with weapons and defenses to fend off the creatures drawn to the sapling’s life force
  • Experience the game early during Steam Next Fest from June 10-17th

Ark of Charon arrives in Steam Early Access on July 9th, and keen caretakers will be able to get a taste of what’s to come with its upcoming Steam Next Fest demo and experience this bespoke blend of colony simulation and tower defense firsthand. Stay tuned to SUNSOFT’s official X (fka Twitter) and wishlist on Steam for more details on Ark of Charon ahead of release.


SUNSOFT is a well-established Japanese gaming brand that began in the 1970s. In the late 70s, it began developing arcade games and expanded into home gaming consoles like the Famicom in the late 80s. It went on to produce iconic titles such as Blaster Master, Batman, Battle Formula, Hebereke, and Gimmick!. SUNSOFT has continued to develop games with passion and creativity, cherishing a commitment to quality and playfulness with a small and dedicated team. SUNSOFT announced its comeback in August of 2022.

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