SolSeraph is principally ActRaiser and that is good

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Ace Workforce, the loons behind Zeno Conflict and Rock Of Ages, have simply introduced their secret mission and it’s simply weeks away. Out on July 10th, SolSeraph is a hybrid platformer and tower defence RTS that they name “a homage to some inspiring titles from the 16 bit period”. I’d guess that’s a lawyer-dodging approach of claiming that they’ve gone and made a religious successor to SNES gem ActRaiser, proper all the way down to copying the title’s capitalisation. As a fan of each the studio and ActRaiser, I’m extraordinarily excited. Check out the announcement trailer under.

For many who’ve by no means performed Quintet’s authentic ActRaiser, it was a recreation of two halves. You performed as a godly avatar, ship all the way down to the earth to slay demons and reclaim the land in your worshippers in platform hack n’ slash format. Then it remodeled into a light-weight town-building RTS, with you defending your villagers from wandering monsters as they broaden outwards to open new platformer levels. SolSeraph appears to be like very comparable with a number of new twists, together with some attention-grabbing godly powers (like biblical floods) usable within the platformer part.

The most important divergence from the previous SNES system seems to be within the technique part, which is smart. Whereas platformers truthfully haven’t modified a lot over the many years, real-time technique was a half-formed idea again then. SolSeraph’s tackle it seems to be extra tower defense-ish, with the monsters heading down mounted paths and requiring bopping earlier than they stomp throughout your dutiful worshippers.

On that be aware, the worshippers themselves look extra attention-grabbing than something in ActRaiser. Every of the 5 areas is populated by a special tribe, impressed by cultures all over the world. Ace Workforce roped in author Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Declare All the things, The Talos Precept, Phoenix Level), so I’m anticipating some subtlety between the bombastic motion sequences. It’s unusual, seeing a brand new ActRaiser (if solely in spirit) in spite of everything these years. Weirder nonetheless, SolSeraph isn’t the one one. Keep watch over Smelter by XPlus, due subsequent 12 months, for equally divine kicks.

SolSeraph is out on July 10th — simply two weeks from now — and can price £12/€15/$15. You may see a bit of extra of it on its Steam retailer web page or official web page. It’s revealed by Sega.

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