Listen closely and the ambient soundtrack sounds like a heartbeat rising from within the earth. In Hyper Light Drifter, available now for PC and later this year for consoles, the post-apocalypse is alive--and it's fighting. The story it tells is minimal and wordless. A short opening cutscene reveals everything the game thinks you need to know: a vision of an arcane futuristic utopia, destroyed in a burst of impossibly bright light. In the aftermath, you play as a cloak- and goggle-wearing drifter.
While the game will launch on both consoles, there's no mention just yet of whether or not its co-op mode will be included at launch. The playable mode was originally present during the PC beta on Steam, then removed for tweaks. It only just returned to the game in May. If you're interested in trying the game out, you'll have three options as far as how you want to experience it. Pick it up on Steam here if you don't want to wait.
Heart Machine announced via Kickstarter on Tuesday that its forthcoming retro 2D RPG, Hyper Light Drifter, will be released at the end of March. The game, with a style that harkens back to 16-bit action-adventures, follows a helmeted hero as he hacks, slashes, dashes and shoots his way across a massive, dream-like world map in search of a cure for his debilitating disease. Heart Machine is offering HLD on Mac, Windows and Linux through Steam (though there is a small chance the Linux build will be delayed slightly). You can check out the latest trailer below.
Bungie is ready to debut the first season of Destiny 2 since the studio announced its split with Activision, and it's not a major break with convention -- though it might give you a reason to come back, even if you haven't played for a while. The Season of the Drifter is beginning March 5th with a focus on both the mysterious figure's signature Gambit mode as well as his background, particularly his connection to the enigmatic Nine that have persisted since the original Destiny. Players who've bought into the Annual Pass will have access to Gambit Prime, a hardcore version of the PvE/PvP hybrid mode that condenses everything into one round and encourages specialization (including through gear tailored to certain roles). There's also a cooperative experience, The Reckoning, that aims to be a "fast-paced" battle with progressively more difficult tiers. Allegiance Quests, meanwhile, ask you to play missions from the perspective of either the Vanguard or the Drifter.
The developers of Hyper Light Drifter have introduced their second game, and it's about as strange as you'd expect... if not more so. Heart Machine has offered a brief peek at Solar Ash Kingdom, a game that blends a "surreal" world, "massive enemy encounters" and, importantly, "wild high-speed traversal." From all indications, it's like rollerblading on acid -- we hope you like gliding effortlessly through the clouds on your way to attack giant eye creatures. The studio hasn't discussed much else, including the game genre, plot, release date or platforms. If history is any indication, though, you'll likely see Solar Ash launch on a variety of devices.