'Hyper Light Drifter' pitched as a blend of Zelda and Diablo


Alex Preston's Hyper Light Drifter is a beautifully pixelated 2D action RPG being made in collaboration with Samurai Gunn programmer Beau Blyth, with tunes by Fez composer Disasterpiece, aka Rich Vreeland.

Hyper Light Drifter is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which players assume the role of a Drifter – a person who goes out and collects old technology and artifacts from the world-that-was. But in Hyper Light Drifter, the protagonist isn't an ordinary Drifter: He's suffering from an unknown illness and is on the hunt for a cure.

The Kickstarter post describes gameplay as a hybrid between The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo, with "lightning fast combat, more mobility, an array of tactical options, more numerous and intelligent enemies, and a larger world with a twisted past to do it all in."

$27,000 will fund the game, while $35,000 will help expand the game world with two new areas and a New Game+ mode. $42,000 will net two more boss battles and improved cutscenes, and $64,000 will allow Preston to hire another animator and expand the game even more. $75,000 will provide a "fully realized soundtrack" by Disasterpiece and, if the Kickstarter campaign reaches $100,000, then co-op campaign and competitive modes will be instituted.

Right now the plan is to bring it to PC in mid-2014, but Preston "would love to expand to other platforms."

This article was originally published on Joystiq.