It’s been nearly nine years since the evocative pixel-art action RPG Super Light Wanderer first took my breath away in its Kickstarter teaser. Now developer Heart Machine has a successor planned and it’s just around the corner. It’s called Hyper Lightbreakerit’ll be 3D instead of top-down, and it’s coming to Steam Early Access in the spring of 2023.
The announcement, done yesterdaycomes on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of Super Light Wandererthe original version of. This game was a moody mashup of gorgeous pixel art, haunting electronic music, and a Zelda– inspired overworld filled with monsters, secrets and minimal explanations. It is too early to say if Hyper Lightbreaker will channel an equally intriguing mix, but early screenshots look excellent and Mutant Mudds the composer Troupe Gammage will be provide soundscapes.
Here is the animated trailer:
Heart Machine made the leap to 3D with last years solar ashan adventure platformer about using vision and grace to save a planet from sinister cosmic forces. Hyper Lightbreaker will invoke an equally vibrant and kinetic visual style, creative director Alx Preston Recount IGN, but with a stronger focus on RPG systems and mechanics. It also aims to include multiplayer co-op.
“And when we talk about online cooperative play, we mean multiple players, not just you and one other person; we envision a group of players who can go out and kill monsters together,” Preston said.
That would definitely put it more online with Borderlands, the flagship franchise of publishing partner Gearbox, with whom Heart Machine collaborates for the game created by Unreal Engine. We don’t know if it’s just a coincidence, but Hyper LightbreakerThe look of definitely has something from the hit loot shooter series about it.
Whatever the outcome, I hope the game manages to evoke something of the understated mystique and unspoken magic of the original game. There haven’t been many games like this since. Tunic is the closest that comes to mind, but I wouldn’t say no to more than two of these minimalist indie tributes every six years. I will miss peace in disaster.