Heart Machine, the developers of action-adventure game Hyper Light Drifter, have revealed their next project: Solar Ash Kingdom. All that exists of it so far is a teaser trailer on the official Heart Machine YouTube page, so details right now are scarce. Here's the trailer:
What we do know about the project is that it shares Hyper Light Drifter's vivid neon color scheme and aesthetic, and that it won't be a pixelly 2D adventure like that game was. Instead, the game will take place in a rich, stylized 3D world. The trailer shows off some lovely ruined architecture, some less-than-prime beach real estate, and giant skeletal creatures soaring through the skies, among other things.
We're not sure what form gameplay will take yet either—again, this is just a teaser trailer to announce the project. The sole character in the trailer seems to be capable of moving at great speed, so it's not a stretch to assume that movement and traversal will be emphasized. We also see a huge monster with a massive eye in its center, which could well be a boss battle. The trailer's description promises "wild high-speed traversal, endearing characters, and massive enemy encounters."
Solar Ash Kingdom will be published by Californian studio Annapurna Interactive, an offshoot of major movie studio Annapurna Pictures. The interactive wing of the company has published What Remains of Edith Finch, Donut County, and Ashen, among others. The Epic Games Store logo pops up at the end of the Solar Ash Kingdom trailer, so we know the game will be available via that storefront. No word yet on whether you'll be able to get it through Steam or whether it'll be a timed exclusive in the manner of Metro Exodus or Julian Gollop's upcoming Phoenix Point. Stay tuned for more information on Solar Ash Kingdom, including a release date, when we get it.