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Moonlighter

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Merge Games
Developer: Digital Sun
Release Date: May 29, 2018

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'Moonlighter' (ALL) 2018 Development Roadmap Details - Trailer

by Rainier on July 5, 2018 @ 2:20 a.m. PDT

Moonlighter is a 2D action/RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of the aforementioned Will, Rynoka’s ambitious shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero.

Moonlighter’s story dates back to a time many years ago when a set of magical Gates was discovered during an archaeological excavation. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions — providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was founded near the excavation site providing refuge and a place for adventurers to sell their hard-earned riches.

Moonlighter is the story of Will, a dexterous shopkeeper by day who secretly dreams of becoming a hero while stocking his shelves. By night, Will ventures into the dungeons behind the Gates to vanquish the monsters within and fill his pack with loot.

One part rogue-lite and one part shop management, Moonlighter from 11 bit studios and Digital Sun sends you into the dungeons in search of loot to fill your shelves. But, the shop won’t run itself. Between runs, you’ll need to set prices, craft new wares, hire assistants, and keep sticky-fingered shoplifters at bay.

A good adventure always requires a little bit of old-fashioned planning and — obviously — ​ a map!​

A carefully plotted path that will ultimately lead you to your goal. Is there a treasure waiting at the end of the road? Perhaps a princess or a prince? Shining, golden horse armor? You do you, we won’t judge. To aid you in your travels to the dungeons outside of Rynoka, we have prepared something very special for all of our fans, the​ Moonlighter Development Roadmap for 2018! 

Our fans and community have some crazy good ideas and guess what — we have some as well! And you know what always works best? Cooperation! We’ve collected your feedback and ​we have incorporated as much of it as possible into our development plan​.

Excited? So are we! Let's give you a little bit more information about each milestone from the roadmap (not everything, though - we like to keep some secrets) and this should go without saying, but all the updates you see here are going to be totally free

ROADMAP DETAILS

  • More Stock Update — Our first update will ​ add more than 50 new rooms​ ​distributed all over the four dungeons​ making a total of ​ almost 600 room patterns available​! It’s also going to improve the look of armors and enchanted items, plus we plan to add some additional help/tutorials to explain different shop upgrades better. 
  • Adventure Update — New Game+​ lets players start the whole game again with increased difficulty level. This update will also bring brand new​ Dimensional Weapons and Amulets​, powerful equipment based on an unknown and mysterious technology. 
  • Companion Update — Feeling lonely in the Dungeons? Worry no more! ​Choose a companion and bring it with you on the adventure​ ! ​Each companion will be a little bit different, offering various skill sets and looks. On top of that we’re going to introduce​ the ​ Custom Game​ — a set of options that will allow you to to modify certain game parameters to create diverse experiences. 
  • Trouble Update — Put your skills to the test by battling some brand new mini bosses! We’re not going to tell you anything more about them — because we want those enemies to surprise (and brutally defeat... muah ha ha ha) you during your adventures. Yup, we're sadistic like that sometimes. We're also going to add new​ Item Effects, boosting the game’s variety. This update should arrive sometime around Halloween — so we’re hoping to bring you some spoOOoky stuff, too! 

 That’s the basics, and as we said before, we don’t want to spoil everything so we can keep you on the edge of your seats while you wait for upcoming content! And yes - ​ we have even MORE updates planned for 2019​!

We absolutely love what David Fenn did with Moonlighter’s Official Soundtrack. The feeling of nostalgia, lust for adventure and unending thirst for gold - everything is there! But the best things in the world are those which we can share with others. That’s why, from now on, you can listen to ​ Moonlighter’s OST on Spotify​! If you prefer other platforms, it's also​ available on Bandcamp​, where you can also buy it to support David and his awesome creativity!  

If you ever wondered how all those legendary weapons and armour make their way into fantasy shops and markets - Moonlighter solves this conundrum by showing step-by-step the route of each item. From locked chests protected by vicious bosses in the deepest dungeons to convenient and elegant store shelves.

During an archeological excavation - a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions. Rynoka, a small trading village, was found near the excavation site - providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure.

Rynoka operates as a safe haven and a marketplace for all travelers, those careless and cautious alike - but achieving both glory and gold proved more challenging than expected.


Key Features:

  • Moonlighter's dual nature is represented by both adventuring and shopkeeping activities, guaranteeing a well balanced, rewarding experience
  • While managing your business in Rynoka, player can put items on sale, manage gold reserves, upgrade the shop, and many more. Understanding needs of customers is important - some of them may have special missions for you, requesting rare items and offering handsome rewards in return
  • Exploring randomly generated dungeons, player will encounter variety of enemies and bosses, collect special items and manage loot using special inventory-based abilities. Moonlighter's goal is to make each run unique and force the player to take some smart decisions
  • Moonlighter has a crafting and enchanting system that is essential for the player progression. Interacting with the NPCs in Rynoka is the way to craft new armors, weapons and enchant existing equipment. This creates a great deal of flexibility and spices up the way the equipment is used
  • Moonlighter is very challenging and has deep combat mechanics. The depth of combat depends on the interactions between weapons, abilities, enemies and secondary effects of items. We want players to feel comfortable developing their own battling style

Containing a double-sided Medallion from the game, the Signature Edition also includes a glossy artwork poster and a squishy Jelly-Monster that you can repeatedly squeeze all while thinking about how to economically outsmart other merchants in the village of Rynoka.

Moonlighter will be available for Xbox One, PC and PS4 in digital stores as well as in retail (both standard edition and limited Signature Edition), on May 29th, 2018 for $19.99 USD, with a Nintendo Switch version planned for Q3 2018.


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