Extraordinarily OK Video games, the group behind TowerFall and Celeste has introduced its subsequent recreation, Earthblade. What’s Earthblade? The studio describes it as a “2D explor-action” recreation with a pixel-art aesthetic, however don’t anticipate to play it anytime quickly.
A blog post by Extraordinarily OK Video games founder Maddy Thorson describes the announcement as extra of a “vibe reveal” to provide gamers a stylistic sense of the sport versus detailing story and gameplay, components that appear to nonetheless be taking form. Thorson explains within the weblog publish, “I can see the entire thing in my head. Not completely, thoughts you — many of the particulars are nonetheless fairly blurry in my psychological picture, and I am positive lots will change alongside the best way. However I can see the overall form of it, and I really feel actually good about the place it is going.”
To that finish, the group has launched the sport’s official emblem, an idea artwork poster hinting in direction of a presumably fantasy setting, and even a musical pattern by Celeste composer Lena Raine, which you’ll be able to hearken to on Soundcloud here.
The poster reveals a determine holding a weapon (maybe the titular Earthblade?) overlooking a cliff with a cottage under and towers within the background. Thorson states that Earthblade was conceived after creating 4 prototypes and that it serves as a philosophical middle-ground between doing one thing completely new and one thing acquainted.
Now we have loads of time to invest as a result of, sadly, it doesn’t seem that Earthblade will be coming anytime quickly. The press launch lists the discharge window as “20XX,” and Thorson admits that it’ll be some time earlier than we get any extra details about the venture following this reveal, saying within the publish, “Now it sounds optimistic to say out loud that Earthblade might be launched inside 5 quick years of Celeste. The reality is that we do not know the way lengthy it can take, simply that it’ll take so long as it takes (and that it’ll take a very long time).”
TowerFall and Celeste rank amongst my favourite video games of the final era, so I’m excited to see what Earthblade entails. It is disappointing that we seemingly gained’t hear concerning the venture for an excellent whereas, but it surely’s good to have some affirmation as to what Extraordinarily Okay Video games has up its sleeve, if nothing else. Within the meantime, in the event you’re itching to play one thing new for the group, earlier this yr it launched a sequel of types to the traditional model of Celeste which you can examine here.