Living up to its two namesakes, most metroidvania games would traditionally stick to a 2D artstyle.More often than not, the genre sticks to pixel art as an homage to both Metroid and Castlevania’s NES roots.
But games have evolved much since then, and truly, the best way to present a beautiful two-dimensional world is by using a hand-drawn artstyle.This is where Afterimage, a hand-drawn 2D metroidvania by developer Aurogon Shanghai, takes our breath away.
In this game, players will explore Engardin, a mystical world created by a supreme deity full of beautiful sights and myriad secrets.Traverse over fifteen hand-drawn environments ranging from towering volcanoes to the ruins of an ancient metropolis.
Assume the role of Renee, an intrepid heroine, across a 25 to 30 hour adventure filled with mystery.But be wary, for as wondrous as the sights of Engardin are, corrupted creatures and dangerous foes lurk within.
As players move through Engardin’s different regions, challenging adversaries await them, as well as new gameplay mechanics in each area.Fight against more than 150 foes using various weapons and ten character abilities.
Players can fully equip themselves with two primary weapons and one secondary armament, swapping between them during free-flowing combat encounters to create custom fighting styles on the fly.
Uncover Engardin’s deepest secrets by sliding, leaping, and climbing through complex environments.Encounter roaming beasts and friendly characters to learn their stories and piece together information about Engardin’s history.
Scour each map for secret paths, hidden chests, and powerful new abilities that increase Renee’s skills both in and out of combat to help her become the greatest warrior in the land.
“The world of Engardin is full of magic and mystery,” said Executive Producer of Aurogon Shanghai, Michael Yang.“We are thrilled to reveal Afterimage today and look forward to sharing more about the game as we prepare to bring it to PC and consoles in late 2022!”
Afterimage will launch on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in late 2022..