Disney Dreamlight Valley

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Disney Dreamlight Valley is a life-simulation game developed by Gameloft, featuring characters from Disney and Pixar.

It released into early access on September 6, 2022, on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox Series X and Series S, and Xbox One, and for Microsoft Windows on Steam, Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store. It later received an early access release for macOS via the Mac App Store on December 6, 2022. The full release and first optional paid content expansion is scheduled for December 5, 2023.

Announcement

Disney Dreamlight Valley's Early Access launch key art

The game was announced by Gameloft on April 27, 2022 alongside an announcement trailer. The announcement outlined the game's plans to become free-to-play after early access and gave the first description of the world that had been created for the game.

Arriving in the dream world of Dreamlight Valley, players will embark on an enchanting quest to restore a once-idyllic village now desolate and full of Night Thorns after a mysterious event called The Forgetting. Uncover the mysterious secrets that led you to this new world and explore diverse realms inspired by classic Disney and Pixar worlds, while helping the iconic inhabitants of the town recover their lost memories. In this experience, players will meet and build friendships with beloved characters from Mickey & Friends to Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Moana to Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story and more. Dive in and immerse in a multitude of unique individualized story arcs and enjoy activities with some of the village’s most memorable characters, such as whipping up a delectable Disney-themed dishes alongside Remy from Disney and Pixar's Ratatouille inside of your own village restaurant, fishing at the fishing hole with Goofy, or growing vegetables from Wall•E's garden patch. Players will be able to design the Disney and Pixar villages of their dreams across multiple unique biomes, ranging from the snowy mountains of the Frosted Heights to the Peaceful Meadow and beyond – with a wealth of customization options for their avatars, homes, and villages. The game will feature an ever-evolving list of Disney- princess-inspired ballgowns, Mickey-adorned streetwear, Frozen-inspired antique kitchen designs, and more.[1]

Early Access

The game launched into a paid early access release on September 6, 2022, on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox Series X and Series S, and Xbox One, and for Windows PCs on Steam, Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store; a macOS release on the Mac App Store came with the second update on December 6, 2022. To play the game during early access players are required to either a Founder's Pack starting at $29.99 USD, or be a subscriber to Microsoft's Xbox or PC Game Pass (which rewards subscribers the Standard Edition rewards).

During early access, the game added an in-game cosmetic store which uses Moonstones as a currency. Moonstones are purchasable with real money, and also available to collect for free through gameplay.[2]

In addition to content, a number of other major features have been added to the game after the early access launch including character and player house skins, the ability to apply custom patterns to furniture, and "DreamSnaps" - a weekly community photo event.

On August 30, 2023, Gameloft announced that a physical release for the console versions featuring exclusive content and physical extras, titled the Cozy Edition, will be released on October 27, 2023[3]

Until October 27, 2023, Gameloft consistently maintained that after Early Access, the game would become free-to-play, with optional paid content expansions.[4]

Global Launch

On October 27, 2023, Gameloft announced[5] that the game will leave Early Access on December 5, 2023. Departing from previous plans, they announced that the game "will not make the transition to be a free-to-play game" when it leaves Early Access.[6]. Founder's Packs will continue to be available through December 4, 2023. On December 5, 2023, the Gold Edition will be released, which includes access to the paid A Rift In Time Expansion Pass. All unique cosmetic items included in the upcoming Gold Edition will be given free of charge to any player who purchases and claims a Founder’s Pack in-game on or before December 4th, no matter the tier, in addition to 2,500 Moonstones.[7]

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