8-bit to 16-bit-shifting ninja-themed action-platformer The Messenger announced for PC and console

Due out later this year.

The Messenger

Sabotage Studio, an independent developer “that specializes in combining retro aesthetics and modern game design,” has announced The Messenger, a new action-platformer that shifts from 8-bit to 16-bit coming to PC and unannounced consoles in 2018.

Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:

About

As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival.

Leveraging players expectations as a core game design ingredient, The Messenger is first presented as an 8-bit action platformer with a simple story, that unravels into an epic time traveling tale, eventually revealing itself as a 16-bit Metroidvania game packed with replay value and deadpan humor.

Key Features

  • An epic ninja adventure with challenging gameplay and tight controls.
  • Legit 8-bit and 16-bit art and music reminiscent of your favorite NES and SNES games.
  • Memorable cast of (often silly) villains, bosses and associates.
  • Catchy soundtrack by renowned chiptune composer Rainbowdragoneyes, made in Famitracker.
  • Character upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels and story arcs to discover.
  • Challenging and visceral gameplay where mastery is a thing to behold.

Watch the announcement trailer below. Visit the official website here.

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