The KFG Showcase E3 2019 has shown off 60 different brilliant indie games in just 60 minutes. One of the games they showed off was Astalon: Tears of the Earth, a Metroid-Vania inspired dungeon-crawling title that features 3 distinct characters with unique abilities and strengths. The game is aesthetically similar to old 8-bit titles such as Castlevania, although it does also carry its own style with the larger images used as well as the actual character and enemy design. The characters in question were actually created by Ryusuke Mita, creator of the manga series Dragon Half.
Although the game is certainly inspired by the Metroidvania genre as a whole, there seems to be a little more 'Vania', than 'Metroid' going on here. The entire game seems to take place inside a castle, with tiles and color palettes that wouldn't look out of place on any of the classic NES Castlevania games. To go along with the classic look of the game there is also a pretty rocking chiptune soundtrack right alongside with all music being composed by musical group KILLSCREEN.
As of yet, there is no release date for Astalon: Tears of the Earth, but you can check out one of the trailers for the game down below, as well as several other trailers for the game which have been released over the past few months. If you want to be reminded of the game when it does release you can go to the Steam page and add the title to your wishlist for when it does eventually hit storefronts. Only time will tell if this game manages to stand out from the crowd of other games which were inspired by 80s era video games.
If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2019 Coverage Hub. Also, check out Kinda Funny Games Showcase Recap to find out more games that were shown during the showcase!