The sensible French artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud had one of the recognisable artwork kinds round, and whereas his works have impressed video video games for many years—together with those he labored on immediately—few have been capable of actually appear to be one in every of his illustrations come to life.
We obtained one final yr although, with the superb Sable, and now we’re getting one other one known as XTAL (You can additionally rely Pixeljunk Raiders if you happen to’re feeling beneficiant). With a reputation that may have you ever pondering of a traditional Aphex Twin observe, XTAL is billed by its builders as “a trendy mixture of motion and exploration with a quick fight system that mixes TPS, Hack ‘n’ Slash and Bullet Hell parts with a vibrant artwork type impressed by French Comics”.
(Sure, I do know Moebius isn’t the one artist with a “French comics” type, as that’s glossing over the hugely-influential work of parents like Jean-Claude Mézières, however that is clearly steering straight in direction of Moebius’ personal distinctive look).
Apologies to anybody who has learn this far and is nonetheless studying that as “Morbius”, but it surely’s not my fault the web has fried your mind.
Right here’s the sport’s trailer, with a plot summed up as: “A distant previous echoes by means of planet Syro, whereas its ruined landscapes are being corrupted by a mysterious power. You, because the Seeker, will make use of a misplaced know-how to interact in fight and discover an enormous, evocative world.”
Appears cool! The sport is being developed by True Colours, an indie studio primarily based in Turin, Italy. Notice that whereas that trailer seems spectacular, the sport continues to be very early in growth. To tide everybody over, although, they’ve been sharing a ton of progress work on their Twitter account, together with my favorite type of pre-release content material: idea artwork.
XTAL is coming to Steam…finally, although given what I’ve simply mentioned above, it’s no shock that there isn’t even a tentative launch date to accompany its new Steam web page.