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Mars 2120

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: QUByte Interactive
Developer: QUByte Interactive
Release Date: Second half of 2024

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'Project Colonies: Mars 2120' Is A Metroidvania Coming To Nintendo Switch, Playstation, Xbox and PC - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 2, 2022 @ 6:40 p.m. PDT

Mars 2120 is a 2.5D side-scrolling action/adventure Metroidvania in which you take control of Lt. Anna “Charlotte” Right in order to find out what happened to the Colony.

In the 22nd Century, mankind has developed the technology that made manned missions to other planets a reality. Following these developments, the UN-led a treaty, signed by governments all over the globe, to start investments on building Colonies on our nearest planets as means of addressing the issues with overpopulation and lack of natural resources on Earth.

The treaty was a success and the program, codenamed Project: Colonies, produced inhabited colonies in several planets, the first of which Project: Mars, followed by Project: Venus and Project: Jupiter.

After going unresponsive for several weeks, the First Colony sends a distress signal to the UN on Earth which, in response, sends a group of Enhanced Elite Space Marines, led by Lt. Anna “Charlotte” Right, to identify the source of the signal and find out what happened to the Colony.

Inspired by the great hallmarks of the Metroidvania subgenre (such as Super Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Guacamelee!), players make use of their enhanced abilities to traverse the large interconnected world of the Colony while fighting fierce enemies and challenging bosses with both melee and long-range combat techniques.

QUByte Interactive is looking to bring an experience that will reflect most of the greatest characteristics in a Metroidvania game. The exploration and map knowledge will be crucial in Mars 2120, such as unlocking new abilities, powers and upgrades in order to face the next challenge.

Powered by the Unreal Engine 4, Project Colonies: Mars 2120 features variuos unique aspects, one of them being the melee combat alongside the ranged. The player will be able to perform combos, combining different moves, powers and abilities. Skills and moves may affect different  enemies in different ways. Each enemy and boss requires the player to know which approach will work better against it, creating a unique challenge for each one them, especially in boss fights.

Charlotte abilities aren’t exclusive to combat, platforming, traversal sections and backtracking are also a high aspect of the core gameplay of the game, expanding it to different things to do, making the player feel that they are not making the same thing over and over again.

Key Features:

  • New game+: replay the game from the beggining kepping all the upgrades you unlocked in the previous playthrough;
  • Collectibles: items the player can find during the game. They can either be in the map or an enemy drop;
  • Fast-travel: go to point A to point B by using the fast-travels terminals across the game;
  • Scripted events: the player can expect some cinematic/scripted sections in the game;
  • Acessibility: colorblind mode will be available in the game, seeing that a lot of the gameplay is based on knowing the color assigned to an ability;
  • Charlotte uses a scarf. This is very important to know;

Project Colonies: Mars 2120 is in development for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Epic Games Store / Steam).

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