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Indie fencing game Nidhogg getting a sequel next year

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A sequel to Nidhogg, the well-received 2D fencing game from indie developer Mark "Messhof" Essen, is in development for a 2017 release on Mac and Windows PC and "maybe some other platforms," he announced today.

As you can see in the teaser trailer above and the screenshots below, Messhof is going with a very different look for Nidhogg 2. In the original game, characters were rendered in bright colors and flat 2D sprites, with relatively simple pixelated environments behind them. The sequel looks more like a modern indie game with a retro, 16-bit art style — except for the characters, which look like hairless nude models of Homer Simpson.

Nidhogg 2 will offer more than 10 levels of fencing action, including a single-player mode against a number of AI opponents that also features "special challenge rounds," Messhof said in a press release. Essen is performing game design and art direction, while Toby Dixon is serving as the lead artist and handling animations. Kristy Norindr works on deal-making and music direction; Nidhogg 2 will feature music by Mux Mool, Dose One, Daedelus and more.

TwitchCon 2016 attendees can play Nidhogg 2 at booth 104 in the Indie District. The convention runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in San Diego.