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Hyper Light Drifter aiming for PC, Steam release this holiday

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Heart Machine is aiming to release its crowd-funded 2D action role-playing game, Hyper Light Drifter, for Windows PC and Steam by the holiday season, the developer announced via Kickstarter.

Described as a game that "plays like the best parts of A Link to the Past and Diablo," Hyper Light Drifter puts players into the role of an ill drifter searching for a cure. Because the Steam and Windows versions were the initial platform, the developer wrote, they'll be released first. The game's other platform launches will follow "shortly thereafter." A closed beta is expected around June.

"After heavy development, much discussion and examination, the team and I have decided that we will not rush the project," the post reads. "There's an intense desire to create a polished, beautiful experience and we need more time to do so."

The post also includes an update to the $75 backer tier, which will now include a digital world map and customizable in-game companions.

Hyper Light Drifter successfully completed Kickstarter funding in October of last year, surpassing its modest $27,000 goal with more than $645,000 raised. The game will feature music from Rich Vreeland (also known as Disasterpeace), whose music appeared in Fez.

The game is currently being developed for Linux, Mac, Ouya, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U and Windows PC.