Drinkbox Studios displayed its knack for 2D sidescrolling adventures in last year's Guacamelee!, but its next project will bring its audience a little closer to the action. Severed is a first-person, gesture-controlled adventure game planned for release in 2015. Platforms remain a mystery for now.
Severed's world is open, but defending yourself from its inhabitants is handled through "natural-motion based mechanics," according to Drinkbox. Different enemies will have different strengths, weaknesses and tells, so you won't be able to just Fruit Ninja your way through every encounter. Packs of monsters can also surround players, calling for strategy as they decide who to face and deal with first.
Like Guacamelee!, players will accumulate abilities as they progress through Severed, including the addition of spells and items to upgrade the main heroine. There won't be transforming goat men to teach you new tricks this time around – instead, Severed will have players lopping off parts of enemies and attaching them to their character.
Basically, anyone that thought allowing players to turn into chickens was as weird as Drinkbox Studios was going to get? Doesn't seem like the case anymore.
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