An indie platformer rooted in horror gets an official release date.
Elderand, a “Metroidvania”-style platformer set in a hellish world featuring a pixelated art style, will release on Feb. 16 for the Nintendo Switch and PC on Steam for $19.99.
The game is greatly influenced by H.P. Lovecraft and is what the developers described as, “a love letter to Castlevania.”
Elderand is developed by Mantra and Sinergia Games, Brazilian-based independent studios. The game’s publisher is Graffiti Games, who also put out Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion.
The combat in Elderand is skill-focused where the player has to choose different attacks and strategies depending on the enemies and situations. Many different weapons and items will be available for a variety of play styles, from melee-based equipment to long-range attacks and magical abilities. There’s an emphasis on RPG components throughout the gameplay along with a story-focus for the player to experience.
The game will feature many upgrades and customization options for the character. The character’s stats and skills can be upgraded to boost their health, attack damage, speed and magical power. Weapons can also be upgraded. Collecting treasure and loot will be heavily emphasized in the game too. Players will be able to buy items from different shops. There will also be close to a dozen boss fights and over 60 enemies to encounter. There are several different settings throughout the story in Elderand, some with a gothic feel to the environments.
In 2018 the developers received $250,000 in funding for the game from Ancine, a Brazilian national agency. Elderand also won Best Game and Best Game Design at the Gamepolitan Awards, which is the biggest event of its kind in northwest Brazil.
Elderand can be added to your wishlist on Steam. A free demo is also available to download.
Watch the game’s latest trailer: