After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Elden Pixels have announced that the colourful retro adventure Alwa's Legacy is set for launch on June 17. It's the successor to the acclaimed 8-bit inspired platformer Alwa's Awakening, while also being a standalone adventure so you don't need to have played the first in the series.
Not the most ideal date to have set, with the upcoming Steam Game Festival clashing with it which is now running through June 16 - 22, so they could see that hurt their sales. Hopefully not too much though.
From what the press info said, their aim is to honour the past with a "thoroughly contemporary take on the metroidvania genre". They've upped the pixel count since the last game, with this being a 16-bit inspired style mixing both pixel art and modern touches like slick lighting and some modern game design principles.
"The decision to go full time into game development to make a sequel to Alwa’s Awakening has been very satisfying. Alwa’s Legacy is the great game we’ve always wanted to make with it’s diverse skill tree, expansive level design and gorgeous 16-bit style graphics," said Mikael Forslind, Game Designer for Elden Pixels. "We’ve put everything into making Alwa’s Legacy the best it can be. We can’t wait for the fans to get their hands on it after all their support."
After saving the land of Alwa following the events of the first game, Zoe is about to embark on her quest home. However, upon waking up she finds herself at the beginning of her adventure with the world feeling disparate yet familiar. In order to return home, she will need to help the inhabitants of this mysterious land and save it yet again from the mysterious curse it appears to be under.
Using Zoe’s magic staff, players must negotiate the land of Alwa to solve perilous puzzles and fend off monsters. New items and a character upgrade system allows you to craft your individual playstyle, centred on an offensive, defensive or explorative skillset. Using magical upgrades, novel pathways can be found as you explore the nonlinear interconnected world by summoning blocks to climb on, bubbles to bounce off of, and lightning bolts to attack with. Quick reflexes are needed to traverse challenging rooms while avoiding booby traps and pitfalls. Along this adventure, you will meet all manner of interesting characters, comb through dangerous dungeons, and uncover incredible secrets as you attempt to save the land from extinction.