Cozy Grove Summer Update (#1)

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Hey, fellow Scouts. It feels like just yesterday that we launched Cozy Grove on all platforms, and yet somehow Summer is almost upon us. And with Summer comes something very exciting – our first major (totally free) update to Cozy Grove! While dishing out bugfixes and QoL improvements, we’ve also been quietly working on a bunch of new content and features for you. We’ll be steadily parceling out most of this new content into Beta in the days ahead, and when we’re about to unveil something in Beta I’ll write a little blog post about it, like this. 🙂

New feature: Critter-catching (WIP)

Warm weather always brings the critters out, right? Summer felt like the perfect time to introduce critter-catching to Cozy Grove. A whole assortment of crawling and flying critters (with seasonal variation, of course) will now populate the item. You can buy a net from Mr. Kit to catch them – like the fishing rod, it will never break, and like fish, critters will spawn semi-continuously. Mr. Kit is fond of critters and will pay a reasonable amount for any that you catch, and some of the bears will express interest in critters from time to time as well. And of course, they’re collectible!

Different critters behave differently, and rarer critters are somewhat harder to catch. Happy hunting!

New content: decorations and clothing

There’s a bunch of new decorations (like the shell-based set, above) and hairstyles and clothing (see below) that we’ve tucked into various parts of the game. You’re just seeing a small subset here! Some of this will show up randomly, like most of the current decorations and clothing in Cozy Grove. Some is tied exclusively to certain events and/or bears that we’ll tell you more about in the future!

New content: photo standees

We’ve noticed a bunch of you in Discord, Reddit and Twitter sharing screenshots of yourself standing behind Maker Bear’s photo standee, so we added a bunch more to his biome. Every time it regenerates, one will randomly be selected.

New event NPC: Ms. Carouse

For several days after we launch the Summer Update (and every year at the same time thereafter), you’ll have the opportunity to interact with this delightful spirit, Ms. Carouse! Who is she? What does she need or want from you? What new things does she bring to the game? We’re… not going to tell you that right now. 😉 In fact, we’re not going to test Ms. Carouse in Beta, either. (I know, I know, I’m contradicting what I said earlier. This is the only exception, I promise!) We want her to be a surprise for everyone when the update goes live.

New feature: hug a bear

This is completely gratuitous. It’s never mechanically required of you and it doesn’t give tangible rewards. Do it because you want to. <3

OK, so believe it or not, this is just a part – not even a majority – of the new things we have coming to you in the Summer Update! Expect another blog post with more details soon. (6/8/21 EDIT: Summer Update announcement #2 is up now!)

In the meantime, have a

Thanks for everything, Scouts. We love you.

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