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Anew: The Distant Light

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Developer: Resonator
Release Date: 2021

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'Anew: The Distant Light' (ALL) Confirms PC Launch In 2021, Details New Locations And Characters - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 27, 2021 @ 12:05 p.m. PDT

Anew: The Distant Light is an open-world, dual-stick action game which showcases a beautifully painted, storybook environment.

You are a child with limited resources, waking up on a distant alien moon, twenty light years from Earth. You must carry out a mission of critical importance. Battle, puzzle, and journey through an exotic and dangerous world. Seek out game-changing equipment, upgrades, vehicles, and companions to expand your options for combat and exploration.

Inspired by classic games like Metroid, Cave Story, and Dark Souls, Anew: The Distant Light will appeal to fans of platforming, combat, exploration, and visual storytelling.

Anew: The Distant Light will feature original musical compositions by the talented Wilbert Roget, II. Wilbert has written music and received several D.I.C.E and G.A.N.G award nominations for games such as Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Dead Island 2, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Resonator Interactive conformed that its sci-fi metroidvania adventure Anew: The Distant Light is coming to PC in 2021.

Awake on a strange moon, light years from home, tame an unexplored world and solve the mystery of your missing co-pilot. With a combat-ready space suit and a powerful home ship, realize your full potential and discover yourself.

Each biome of Anew is hand-crafted with its own unique life forms, puzzles, and surprises. Traverse this alien land by climbing, swimming, jetpacking, skating, swinging, and jumping across planetoids with their own gravity. Lay waste to deadly enemies by piloting powerful vehicles like a giant mech, dune buggy, rocket, and flying saucer. Survive the burning alien sun, which creates an organic day/night cycle with ever-changing hazards, enemies, and rewards.

As you brave this mysterious, interconnected world, you’ll have to earn new equipment through skillful combat and environmental puzzle solving. Customize your gear, pilot arcane vehicles, and repair your powerful home ship for the ultimate advantage. Along the way you’ll be treated to a gorgeous original score by award-winning composer Wilbert Roget II (Call of Duty: WWII, Mortal Kombat 11, Destiny 2: Forsaken, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Dead Island 2).

“Anew has been a dream project to work on,” said Resonator co-founder and art director Jeff Spoonhower. “I’ve had the freedom to create an original sci-fi world from the ground up with an intensely personal visual style and emotional tone. We worked hard to ensure that each and every area of the game is unique, beautiful, and fun to explore and discover. I’m excited for players to experience the surreal story of Anew, which is communicated through visual storytelling techniques, music, and sound design during live gameplay, rather than the traditional use of dialogue and text. I think players are really going to enjoy our immersive game world.”

“Since the original Metroid and Super Metroid, I’ve been thinking about making a game like this,” said Resonator co-founder and game director Steve Copeland. “Moody pathfinder games with deep mechanics often inspire me--Hollow Knight, Spelunky, Batman: Arkham... I prefer not to have inventory management chores or worry about item stats for this kind of game. So, we’re much more Metroid than Castlevania [referring to metroidvania genre] -- every single piece of equipment is a unique game-changer... I’ve always wanted to create a game like Anew: The Distant Light and Resonator was formed specifically to make this game. We’ve kept it indie and kept the team small to make the game how we wanted.”

Key Features:

  • Huge, Open Game World - Explore and unlock an unknown alien moon to discover your origins and your mission. Your adventure will take you above and below the surface of the moon, across rocky landscapes, towering spires, deep frozen lakes, and more.
  • Classic Metroidvania Structure - Discover new tools, abilities and weapons which allow you to unlock new areas in the game world. Environments play differently as you evolve, making it fun to explore familiar territory for previously unreachable items and access to new realms.
  • Deep Gameplay - Every weapon and piece of gear is a game-changer. Situational advantages from gear choices ensure that nothing becomes obsolete. Upgrade and customize your weapons to suit your play style. Diverse and meaningful interactions with other characters and the environment make exploring your equipment as fun as exploring the game world.
  • Upgradeable Home Ship - The ship you've traveled to the alien moon on is a playable level in itself. Find hidden power cells in the game world, and return them to your ship to unlock rooms. Each new room in the ship offers new and exciting gameplay options. Your ship grows with you as you master the game world.
  • Pilot Powerful Machines and Vehicles - Pilot massive mechs, tanks, shuttles, and a variety of other awesome weaponized vehicles. Hop in and out at-will to explore on foot, or collect items and upgrades. Take on hordes of enemy soldiers with ease!
  • Dynamic Environment - A day and night cycle with changing atmospheric conditions, weather effects, and a burning-hot sun modify gameplay in interesting ways that affect pacing and tactical decisions (40x time lapse below).
  • Mysterious Story - Discover the fate of your missing co-pilot, and find out who you are and why you've been sent 20 light years into space to a hostile alien environment.

Anew: The Distant Light is coming to PC (Steam) in 2021, with other platforms being considered.

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