Hyper Light Drifter, the most gorgeous game you’ve never heard of


Well, that headline’s not entirely true – some of you must have heard of Hyper Light Drifter, and by some I mean 24,150 of you. That’s how many Kickstarter backers helped Alex Preston – founder of small game development studio Heart Machine – surpass his fundraising goal 23 times over, drumming up $618,158 more than the $27,000 needed to make this gorgeous game a reality.

Honestly, I’m just hurt not one of you thought to tell me.

But bruised feelings aside, this self-described 2D action role playing game is visually and aurally stunning. The graphics have incredible depth and detail despite their 8-bit and 16-bit inspiration. And the music, from FEZ soundtrack composer Rich “Disasterpiece” Vreeland, is hauntingly atmospheric. And last but not least the combat plays like a pixel-infused Diablo.  It’s Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP with ass-kicking action. In other words, my dream game.

Hyper Light Drifter is in development for PC first (it’s been Greenlit for Steam), releasing later on PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Ouya in late 2014/early 2015.

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