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Hyper Light Drifter developer shows off upcoming game, Solar Ash

‘Solar Ash is a game about movement’

Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

From Hyper Light Drifter studio Heart Machine, Solar Ash is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC via the Epic Games Store later in 2021. The developer showed off new footage of the stylish alien world during Sony’s State of Play presentation on Thursday.

Heart Machine first revealed Solar Ash in 2019. The game’s aesthetic — rich with purple and pink tones — feels connected to the studio’s legacy. But unlike Hyper Light Drifter, which is a top-down, pixelated game, Solar Ash is a dynamic, 3D game. Solar Ash creative director Alx Preston showed off and described the gameplay in a nearly 3-minute video during the Sony event. Preston said the player takes control of Ash, on a mission to save her planet, using “fast and fluid” movement and combat.

Solar Ash is Heart Machine’s vision of the adventure platformer,” Preston said during the video. “The giant spaces, the feel of movement, the flow of combat, and the high stakes battles atop enormous beasts all come together to bring players something we think is incredibly unique, and more importantly, fun.”

Annapurna Interactive will publish the game when it’s out later this year.