Underrated retro platformer Volgarr the Viking will get sequel after greater than a decade | Gaming | Entertainment | EUROtoday

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Launching again in 2013 for PC and extra prominently in 2014 as a Games with Gold freebie for Xbox One, Volgarr the Viking is an underrated basic that does not get talked about sufficient. While some critics recognised its brilliance and scored it accordingly, the retro-style platformer solely managed a 76/77% rating on Metacritic, and failed to look within the overwhelming majority of recreation of the 12 months lists. Fortunately, ports to PlayStation Vita, Wii U and Nintendo Switch would ultimately assist Volgarr the Viking rack up over 1,000,000 gross sales, which is why writer Digital Eclipse has determined to crew up with developer Crazy Viking Studios to launch a sequel for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch on August 6.

In case you missed the unique (disgrace on you), Volgarr the Viking is a hard-as-nails 2D platform recreation the place you play as a viking warrior armed with a sword, protect and spear. (The spear is especially helpful, as it may be used to create platforms when thrown at partitions.)

It’s harking back to video games like Rastan and Ghosts and Goblins, borrowing the fantasy setting and stage design of the previous, and that includes the identical form of improve/downgrade system because the latter. It’s additionally brutally troublesome, forcing gamers to be at their absolute best in an effort to see the top credit.

Announced as a part of the 2024 Guerrilla Collective showcase, Volgarr the Viking 2 will happen in a “bigger than ever” recreation world impressed by Norse mythology.

Described as “uncompromising”, “unforgiving” and “satisfyingly punishing”, the sequel will as soon as once more push gamers to their very limits. Take a take a look at the gameplay trailer under if you happen to do not consider me.

However, in accordance with the event crew, followers can anticipate one or two high quality of life upgrades to make the sport a little bit extra manageable.

This features a follow mode to assist with particular sections, a number of save profiles, limitless lives and much more checkpoints.

However, with six totally different endings to unlock, you may want to really grasp the sport if you wish to unlock every thing.

This features a hidden stage and secret last boss that may presumably solely be unlocked by clearing the sport with out dropping a life.

Studio head Kristofor Durrschmidt explains extra: “Volgarr is known for being easy to learn, hard to master. For some, that might even be an understatement.

“But that design philosophy guided each facet of improvement for Volgarr II.

“We learned a lot from launching the original, and even with some modern updates, fans are going to love the sequel. Volgarr is still a game where, if you want the ultimate experience, you’ll need to really master what it asks of you.”

According to the builders, the upcoming sequel may also include a bunch of latest power-ups and magic objects, to not point out an orchestral soundtrack, plus a wealth of latest monsters, traps and boss battles.

Elsewhere, Volgarr the Viking 2 will include a number of speed-running instruments, equivalent to on-screen timer and no-HUD mode.