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  • Title screen for Animal Well.

    YouTuber Dunkey’s publishing company is releasing its first game on May 9

    by 
    Lawrence Bonk
    Lawrence Bonk
    03.18.2024

    Popular YouTuber Dunkey started a game publishing company called Bigmode and the first title releases on May 9. Animal Well is a Metroidvania platformer coming to the Switch, PC and PlayStation consoles.

  • A still from the game showing a hero stabbing a dragon.

    Ubisoft accidentally used text-to-speech to voice a character in the new Prince of Persia game

    by 
    Lawrence Bonk
    Lawrence Bonk
    01.11.2024

    Ubisoft’s upcoming refresh in the long-running Prince of Persia series, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown accidentally features a character voiced by a text-to-speech program. The company’s aware of the issue but it won’t be fixed in the day-one patch.

  • An ad for Dead Cells on Netflix.

    Dead Cells: Netflix Edition scares its way to a Halloween release date

    by 
    Lawrence Bonk
    Lawrence Bonk
    10.25.2023

    Netflix has snagged 'Dead Cells' for its ever-growing games library, and the title releases on October 31, aka Halloween. This version includes all of the various DLC packs from the jump.

  • An ad for Dead Cells on Netflix.

    Netflix nabs the iconic Dead Cells for its ever-growing games library

    by 
    Lawrence Bonk
    Lawrence Bonk
    10.05.2023

    Netflix has nabbed the rights to 'Dead Cells' for Android and iOS, allowing subscription members access to the game. Additionally, there’s an enhanced version of horror puzzler 'Slayaway Camp' coming soon.

  • An animation still from the 'Dead Cells' series trailer.

    ‘Dead Cells’ is getting an animated series in 2024

    by 
    Lawrence Bonk
    Lawrence Bonk
    06.14.2023

    Developer Motion Twin just announced an animated series based on the game ‘Dead Cells’ that releases in 2024. The series is being produced by French studio Bobbypills, who also handled the animated trailers for the game and its many DLC releases. The animated series seems to follow the game’s narrative, as it’s set on a “cursed island” with a population of “monstrous creatures'' and “prophecies depicting a flame-headed hero.”

  • A screen grab from 'Hollow Knight: Silksong" showing main character Hornet.

    ‘Hollow Knight: Silksong’ delayed and there's no updated release window

    by 
    Lawrence Bonk
    Lawrence Bonk
    05.10.2023

    ‘Hollow Knight: Silksong’, the long-awaited sequel to 2017’s indie blockbuster ‘Hollow Knight’, has been delayed, as announced by Team Chery developer Matthew Griffin. The sidescrolling metroidvania platformer was scheduled for release in the first half of 2023 and there’s no updated launch date.

  • Aurora from Child of Light in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

    Aurora from 'Child of Light' is the latest playable character in 'Bloodstained'

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    04.01.2022

    The crossover brings Ubisoft's colorful heroine to ArtPlay's gothic universe.

  • Axiom Verge 2

    'Axiom Verge 2' developer shows off some gameplay ahead of its spring launch

    by 
    Richard Lawler
    Richard Lawler
    03.25.2021

    'Axiom Verge 2' will bring more side-scrolling pixelated gameplay to Switch and the Epic Games Store when it launches this spring.

  • Turbo Kid game

    Cult classic movie 'Turbo Kid' is getting a video game adaptation

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    03.08.2021

    Outerminds is making a Metroidvania based on the gory homage to Saturday morning cartoons.

  • video game

    'Dead Cells' is coming to Android on June 3rd

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    04.07.2020

    Dead Cells at last has an Android release date.

  • Playdigious / Motion Twin

    'Dead Cells' is finally coming to Android later this year

    by 
    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    01.09.2020

    While it's probably not fair to call it a delay, it's been a while since we've heard anything about the Android version of Dead Cells. The game's mobile release was initially announced by developer Motion Twin this past May, with the iOS version coming out as promised over the summer. Now it looks like Android owners will get a chance to play the tough-as-nails Metroidvania game almost a year after their iPhone-owning counterparts.

  • Playdigious/Motion Twin

    Indie hit 'Dead Cells' is coming to mobile this summer

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    05.07.2019

    You'll soon get to hack and slash your way through the ever-changing castle of Dead Cells on mobile. Motion Twin's roguelike 'Metroidvania' hit is coming to iOS this summer and Android later. It arrived on consoles last August after a spell in early access on Steam.

  • Team Cherry

    ‘Silksong’ is a full-blown sequel to ‘Hollow Knight’

    by 
    Aaron Souppouris
    Aaron Souppouris
    02.14.2019

    Hollow Knight was kind of a sleeper hit, at least around these parts. It goes without saying that if we'd given it the appropriate attention, the Kickstarter-funded title would've made our game of the year list when it first came to PC in 2017. Either way, it's definitely one of the best Metroidvania games ever made. And it's getting a sequel.

  • Motion Twin

    What we're playing: 'Dead Cells'

    by 
    David Lumb
    David Lumb
    08.13.2018

    You know the drill: Last year's PC indie sleeper gets new life with a Switch release. Motion Twin's Dead Cells is one of these. It's been out for a year on Steam Early Access, but properly arrived last week on all platforms, including Nintendo's hybrid console. The game is a good fit for the system: It's a side-scrolling hack-and-slash rogue-lite with plenty of paths to explore over your many, many runs. It has simple yet delightfully vibrant visuals, and all the action is compact enough to track while playing the console on the go. In short, it's exactly the kind of title Nintendo needs on the Switch.

  • DrinkBox Studios

    'Guacamelee 2' brings mayhem to PS4 and PC on August 21st

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    07.24.2018

    You only have to wait a few more weeks to get another fix of Mexico-inspired Metroidvania action. DrinkBox has announced that Guacamelee 2 will reach PS4 and Steam (for Windows PCs) on August 21st for a reasonable $20. It's a refinement of the formula that made the original a cult favorite, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The sequel brings slicker graphics, new moves, an upgrade system and four-player co-op to luchador Juan Aguacate's quest to protect his homeland and the entire universe. And naturally, chickens will play an instrumental role.

  • Chasm

    'Chasm' brings its Metroidvania action home July 31st

    by 
    Richard Lawler
    Richard Lawler
    07.10.2018

    Coming in just four years after its initially projected release date, 2D action-RPG Chasm has a July 31st release date. Five years ago its Kickstarter closed with $191,897 pledged towards the creation of this Metroidvania-style game with procedurally generated levels. Now, early access backers on Steam will get access on the 16th, while gamer-come-latelys can buy in at the end of the month for $20 on PC, PS4 or Vita.

  • 505 Games

    'Bloodstained' will scratch your 'Castlevania' itch

    by 
    Timothy J. Seppala
    Timothy J. Seppala
    06.15.2018

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (SotN) is one of the most influential games ever made. First released for the original PlayStation in 1997, the game has since been ported to nearly every platform under the sun. It perfected the series' core design concept where players could explore gigantic 2D environments at will, collecting new abilities that unlocked hidden-in-plain-sight secrets in previously traversed areas. It also iterated on the superb Super Metroid released for the SNES three years prior. That framework was so well-done that it spawned its own genre ("Metroidvania") and countless games have used it since. Koji Igarashi, SotN's co-creator, has finally brought his crowdfunded (and SotN spiritual successor) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night to E3. How does it play? Pretty close to the original.

  • Inti Creates

    'Castlevania' successor 'Bloodstained' is coming to the Switch

    by 
    Nick Summers
    Nick Summers
    03.22.2017

    The next game by Castlevania mastermind Koji Igarashi is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was pitched on Kickstarter in 2015 as a spiritual successor to the beloved gothic adventure series. With Igarashi at the helm and the promise of new, updated 'Metroidvania' gameplay -- a style that fuses side-scroller platforming with deep exploration and RPG mechanics -- the project raised more than $5.5 million from 64,867 backers. The updated platform support does come with a downside, however -- the Wii U version is being cancelled.

  • Hit side-scroller 'Axiom Verge' lands on Xbox One

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    10.02.2016

    Not surprisingly, Axiom Verge has taken a while to spread across platforms -- Thomas Happ designed the entire Metroidvania-style shooter by himself, so even a straightforward port was bound to take a while. At last, though, you don't have to be picky about where you play. Happ has released a version of Axiom Verge for the Xbox One, making the mind-bending side-scroller available on every modern TV console (the Wii U version arrived on September 1st). So what took so long for this release, especially since it was available on PCs ages ago?

  • Hit indie game 'Axiom Verge' gets a vinyl soundtrack

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    01.17.2016

    Game studios have sometimes been a little too eager to get their soundtracks on vinyl, but this is one you'll want to consider if you're a connoisseur. Creator Thomas Happ and Ship to Shore PhonoCo are releasing a limited edition vinyl soundtrack for Axiom Verge, one of the indie game darlings of 2015. While the $22 album isn't as comprehensive as the digital version (likely in order to fit everything on to a single record), the music is only part of why you'd get. Happ is providing rough game sketches and his own liner notes, so you'll have a behind-the-scenes peek at the motivations behind this Metroidvania hit.