New release: Hyperlight Drifter

Hyperlight Drifter
I confess, I was a little hesitant to post about this one, as (a) the developers never emailed me, (b) the game’s RPG elements seem minimal at best, and (c) every site on the friggin’ internet has already posted about it–but in the interests of completeness, here we go anyway!

Word reaches me that 2D sci-fi Zelda-alike Hyperlight Drifter has just been released. Created by 9-person indie team Heart Machine, Hyperlight Drifter raised close to $650,000 on Kickstarter in October 2013, and will no doubt rake in quite a bit more before its launch is through.

Here’s the premise:

Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood…

Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.

Here’s the launch trailer:

And here’s the feature list:

• From each character to subtle background elements, everything is lovingly hand-animated.

• Easy to pick up, difficult to master; enemies are vicious and numerous, hazards will easily crush your frail body, and friendly faces remain rare.

• Upgrade weapons, learn new skills, discover equipment and traverse a dark, detailed world with branching paths and secrets abound.

Hyperlight Drifter is now available for Windows and Mac for $19.99, via Steam and the Humble Store, with a time-limited launch discount. The game will eventually be coming to XBox One and PS4 as well.

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