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Celeste creator’s newest project Earthblade pairs platforming with slashing

Fight your way through a fantastical world

The newest project from the studio behind Celeste, titled Earthblade, was announced at The Game Awards on Thursday. The game will be released sometime in 2024.

A new trailer showed off early gameplay. Earthblade shares a similar jaunty, pixel art style to its predecessor, along with 2D platforming gameplay. But Earthblade appears to also have fighting elements, judging by the trailer, which showed a horned protagonist dashing, climbing, and slashing through a fantastical, swamp-like environment full of critters, slimes, and knights. The protagonist then activates a door-like portal before the trailer fades to black.

Extremely OK Games’ previous title, the critically acclaimed platformer Celeste, was released in 2018. The game meshed its difficult traversal challenges with a puzzle-like design, challenging players to figure out how to move through regions by trial and error. The game’s sharp controls and fast-paced play loop — dying immediately put the player back at the start of the current level segment — meant it never felt unfair.

Celeste’s customizable difficulty controls also meant the experience could be tailored to players’ preferences. This, paired with the uplifting ethos of the game, about a young woman climbing a mountain and facing her own inner demons, made for an engrossing and uplifting time. We’re excited to see what Earthblade will become.

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