|Platform 360, Win||Publisher Microsoft Game Studios||Developer Humble Hearts||Release Date 2012-08-15|
By Russ Frushtick on Aug 12, 2012 08.12.12
Dust: An Elysian Tail is a time capsule of game design past. HD-resolution graphics aside, Dust feels like a late '90s spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Like that classic, it focuses on character advancement and customization within the trappings of a 2D, exploration-heavy adventure. But modern sensibilities seep through just enough to make Dust feel contemporary instead of dated. Dust has some familiar opening moments - a mysterious figure wakes up in a forest with no memory of how he got there. Moments later, the unnamed protagonist is introduced to a sassy, fairy-like companion and a talking sword with a grandfatherly tone of voice. Small bits of story unfold through exposition-heavy dialog, which drags, but at least Dust is nice to look at. Dust's...
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By Samit Sarkar on Apr 30, 2014 04.30.14
Volition Inc.'s Saints Row: The Third and Humble Hearts' Dust: An Elysian Tail are the two free Xbox 360 games under Microsoft's Games with Gold program for the month of May, Microsoft's Larry Hryb announced today. Dust (regularly $14.99) was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade in August 2012. The cartoony platformer incorporates elements of Castlevania, Metroid and Ys 1 and 2. It will be available free to download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers from May 1-15. Saints Row: The Third (reg. $19.99) brought the Saints Row franchise to new, ever more ludicrous heights when it launched in November 2011. Gold members will be able to download it free from May 16-31. Games with Gold debuted last June, and Microsoft turned it into an ongoing promotion in October. The company will bring the...
By Jenna Pitcher on Mar 03, 2014 03.03.14
Dust: An Elysian Tail, the hand-animated action role-playing game, surpassed one million sales across Xbox Live Arcade, Steam, GOG and Humble Bundle, co-creator Dean Dodrill revealed today. The game set in a world of anthropomorphic animals launched on Xbox Live Arcade in 2012 and saw a release on Windows PC via Steam last May and GOG.com in November. The version supports Steam Achievements and Steam Cloud. Linux and Mac versions rolled out in December and, according to Dodrill, Linux sales currently reflect roughly one percent of Steam purchases. Dust: An Elysian Tail was included in the Humble Bundle 11, which launched Feb. 18 and features Antichamber, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine and The Swapper, Fez, Beat Buddy and Starseed...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 18, 2014 02.18.14
The Humble Indie Bundle 11 offers pay-what-you-want pricing for six well-regarded indie games on PC, including Facepalm Games' The Swapper and DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee, the Humble Bundle announced today. All buyers will receive DRM-free copies of four games: The Swapper, the Gold Edition of Guacamelee, Humble Hearts' Dust: An Elysian Tail and Black Forest Games' Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. Those who pay at least $1 will also receive keys to redeem those titles on Steam. And anybody who pays more than the average purchase price, which sits at $3.85 as of this writing, will get copies of Alexander Bruce's Antichamber and Pocketwatch Games' Monaco: What's Yours is Mine as well. The games are all downloadable on the customer's choice of Linux, Mac and Windows PC, except Giana...
By Tracey Lien on Dec 31, 2013 12.31.13
The Humble Bundle Store's Winter Sale is having an encore, extending the discounts on select games for three more days. In an announcement issued to Polygon, Humble Store organizers said the Winter Sale encore begins today and continues through to 2 p.m. ET on Jan. 3, 2014. During this time, customers will be able to get discounts on titles like Gone Home, Dust: An Elysian Tail and Europa Universalis 4. The Winter Sale was originally meant to last for two weeks only. The sale heavily discounted titles like Super Meat Boy, Gunpoint, Sanctum 2, and a range of Early Access titles like Spacebase DF-9 Alpha, Starbound, Godus and Sir, You Are Being Hunted.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Aug 17, 2013 08.17.13
In celebration of Dust: An Elysian's Tail's one-year anniversary, casting director Deven Mack released a video featuring recording session outtakes. Dust is a hand-animated action role-playing game set in a world of anthropomorphic animals. Players take on the role of titular hero Dust, accompanied by a sentient sword, as he attempts to recover his memories. You can watch the video above to hear vocal mishaps from the actors behind Dust, Fidget and more. Dust launched for Xbox Live Arcade last year; it was added to Steam's Windows catalogue in May. For more on the game, check out our review and our feature about the game's four-year development.
By Dave Tach on May 17, 2013 05.17.13
Dust: An Elysian Tail, the hand-animated action role-playing game from creators Dean Dodrill and Alex Kain, will be released on Steam May 25, according to the game's Steam listing. The co-creators announced the Steam port earlier this year at PAX East, when they were hoping for an April release. Next Friday's Windows PC version will support Steam Achievements and Steam Cloud, and Dodrill wrote on Twitter that he'll be "looking at 'possible' Mac/Linux ports in the future." For more on the game, you can read Polygon's Dust: An Elysian Tail review of the Xbox 360 version and our feature chronicling the game's four-year development.
By Griffin McElroy on Apr 02, 2013 04.02.13
Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mark of the Ninja, Trials HD and a handful of other Xbox Live Arcade titles have been marked down today, though you'll need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber to access most of the deals. The following titles are all available at half-price, and do not require you to be a Gold member to purchase them at a discount: Trials HD — 400 Microsoft Points ($5) Mark of the Ninja — 600 Microsoft Points ($7.50) Dust: An Elysian Tail — 600 Microsoft Points ($7.50) Deadlight — 600 Microsoft Points ($7.50) A World of Keflings — 400 Microsoft Points ($5) These titles are all half-off as well, but require you to be a Gold member to see the lower prices: Quarrel — 200 Microsoft Points ($2.50) Mercury — 200 Microsoft Points ($2.50) Swarm — 200 Microsoft Points ($2.50) ...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Mar 23, 2013 03.23.13
Dust: An Elysian Tail will be available on Steam soon, creators Dean Dodrill and Alex Kain announced during a panel at PAX East today. Dodrill said he is hoping to have the game ready for Steam by April. "I'm really excited," Dodril said. "I'm very happy with the [PC] port, I'm not going to do a whole lot different." Dodrill, whose background is primarily in animation, began working on the title in 2008 with no prior game development experience. After winning the 2009 XNA Developer Dream-Build-Play competition, he brought on writer Alex Kain to help flesh out the game's story and polish dialogue. "I do have a lot of ideas for Dust 2," Dodril added during the panel. "There is no shortage of Dust 2 stuff," added Kain. Dust: An Elysian Tail was released in August last year on Xbox...
By Dave Tach on Feb 19, 2013 02.19.13
The virtual ballet box is open for the Game Developers Choice Audience Award and accepting nominations today through 5 p.m. ET March 1, according to the official website. Voters need to select a game from a list provided and enter an email address, from which you'll be prompted to confirm your vote. The list of nominated games includes: Assassin's Creed 3 Borderlands 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Dishonored Dust: An Elysian Tail Far Cry 3 Fez FTL: Faster Than Light Gravity Rush Halo 4 Hero Academy Hotline Miami Journey Kid Icarus: Uprising Mark of the Ninja Mass Effect 3 PlanetSide 2 The Room Sound Shapes Spelunky Spec Ops: The Line Trials Evolution The Unfinished Swan Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward The Walking Dead XCOM: Enemy Unknown ZombiU In late...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jan 31, 2013 01.31.13
Microsoft has no plans to produce future versions of its XNA development tool, a spokesman for the company confirmed with Polygon today. Earlier this morning, an email was sent to select employees and developers stating Microsoft's XNA Game Studio software was "not in active development." XNA and DirectX developer lead Promit Roy reproduced a portion of the email on his personal blog. The email states XNA and DirectX will be retired from Microsoft's program effective April 1 of next year. "The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development," reads the statement. "Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each...