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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: Platformer
Developer: Kowloon Nights (EU), Batterystaple Games (US)
Release Date: Aug. 9, 2023

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'30XX' Early Access Update Adds Level Creator, Also Comes To Nintendo Switch In Q3 - Trailer

by Rainier on June 7, 2023 @ 1:25 p.m. PDT

Jump, shoot, and slash your way through 30XX, the roguelike action platformer you can play with a friend!

Explore lush, ever-changing worlds that mix precise platforming with fevered combat. Destroy fearsome Guardians. Master unique Powers. Rediscover the thousand years we've lost.

Awaken a thousand years after 20XX to realize the world that needed you is gone, changed irreversibly by the advent of the Synthetic Mind and a human race that's lost the will to reach for the stars. Explore the lush, verdant prison our world has become, and fight to save what remains.

Rise. Fight. Fall. Adapt. There's a sublime meaning in this endless cycle, somewhere, buried deep.

Inspired by classic Mega Man titles and infused with modern design, 30XX builds upon 20XX’s Megaroguelike foundation with a plethora of new features including a new hi-bit art style from art director Glauber Kotaki (Rogue Legacy, Duelyst, and Chasm) and a fresh set of eight new worlds to explore, each with their own identity, platforming mechanics, and fearsome Guardian.

30XX doublejumps onto Nintendo Switch alongside the PC 1.0 launch in Q3 2023.

30XX Patch 0.55 is the Maker Update, which re-introduces our level creator as 30XX Maker, expanded with tools that give creators full control over the levels they make.

Utilize the very same developer tools used to Build, edit, and play fully-fledged levels in the main game and pitch Nina and Ace up against your own creativity.

Customize stages for ridiculous speed runs and record times, or design full-scale Metroidvania levels riddled with enemies, puzzles and sub bosses. Then engage with your favorite types of custom levels through powerful discovery tools.

Today's patch also reverts back to the 0.53 Power Fusion model, introduces a new EC that preserves the current one (Still Waters 2), updates the Vagrant's set, and makes a few more tweaks.


  • Added Community Mode!
    • Alongside the changes to 30XX Maker listed here, Community Mode now offers robust discovery tools for players looking to dig into the wild creations of 30XX's community.
    • By picking "Community" mode in the Main Menu (now listed alongside Standard and Mega), players will arrive at the new Community HQ space, where they can play fan-made levels one of two ways:
      • Using the Level Catalog, players can browse for individual levels to tackle.
      • If one level at a time's not enough for you, Ellie's Gauntlet lets you tackle a full 8-stage set of levels with a limited number of lives!
    • High-detail customization settings for finding levels are available in either mode, so you can play the kinds of levels you want!
    • Old "Maker Mode" is now "Community Run" in the new area, instead of being behind a menu. (This is the old "get player-made chunks" setting). The option is still in the Advanced Options menu - you can set it to Wild West before starting a Community Run to get Wild West chunks, else it'll pull from the Verified pool. (This will get more UI in a future patch.)
  • Reverted to the pre-0.53 Power Fusion model. Without Entropy Conditions on, Nina can now fuse Powers freely again. We've made a few adjustments to some of the wilder combinations for balance reasons, but we'd like to see how Nina's Fusions settle without making major changes to individual Powers before making any sweeping changes.
    • Still Waters now goes to rank 2. At rank 2, Nina's limited Fusion system applies, and Ace loses all Style on taking damage. This EC rank is worth two points. We may break this out into its own Entropy Condition in a future patch.
    • We know this one's been a bit contentious - we're still working on this system - let us know what you think!
    • Zen Heretic base damage reduced to 60 while divekicking (from 70). Extra fireball damage reduced to 20 (from 40). (100+ damage from a 15 NRG ability at base is a bit too high.)
  • Raijin Call lightning speed increased by ~30%. Base damage increased to 50 (from 40).
  • Reworked some Vagrant's Set pieces! In general, the goal is "overheating impedes the functions of the items of the set you *don't* have", while each piece of the set provides a way to spend Corruption to quickly get out of the overheating state. Accounting for this, we're also making it easier to build Corruption, since it's now more of a resource most of the time.
    • Vagrant's Dissonance reworked. No longer prevents the use of alternative Weapons. While overheating, attacks are automatically charged, and consume Corruption. Weapons that add projectiles reduce the Corruption buildup of each projectile. Glitch projectiles deal 50% increased damage. (Probably too strong, but we'll start here.)
      • Wave Beam currently overrides Vagrant's Dissonance's special projectile.
    • Vagrant's Waltz reworked. While building Corruption, dashes now complete more quickly than normal (the old "Boltdash" effect). While overheating, dashes consume Corruption to perform their current short-range teleport behavior, consuming Corruption in the process. The short-range teleport also now damages enemies.
    • Vagrant's Yearn (Body Core) now consumes some Corruption when it prevents damage while overheating.
    • Vagrant's Sonata (Head Core) unchanged.
    • Corruption now begins to decay 2 seconds after last hit (up from 1).
    • Vagrant's set bonus redesigned. Instead of always having a certain Corruption minimum, Corruption does not decay, and effects that spend it while overheating spend half as much.
  • Beta Gear Elementals now attack less rapidly.
  • Clockzone Spring Knights now require line of sight to attack.
  • Vibrodevourer (Prototype) now allows Powers to be used without the required Energy at 40% damage effectiveness (up from 25%). (Effect boosted to 50% with Prototype Resonator.)
  • Charmed Flapps can no longer be re-ignited.
  • Homing effects now work properly on frozen targets.
  • If Doppelgel has nothing to copy, you'll now instead get 25 Nuts (up from nothing).
  • Absolution's Voids now have 1 hp (in the event that you have something like Utilifier MAX).
  • Fixed an issue where Pulse Engine (Negation Pulse Aug) stacks were being eaten by other abilities.
  • Effects that give you Energy or Health after a level now take place after effects that change your maximum. (This means if you get max HP or max NRG after a level, post-level restorative effects can restore it.)
  • Vibrodevourer is no longer sometimes locked out by extremely low Power Efficiency (multiple Heavy Juice stacks).
  • Focused Repair now blocks Dracopent/Owlhawk Body Core healing (as indicated in the tooltip).
  • Fixed a buff overlap between Autoloader and Rage Circuit.
  • Fixed Power Within (Void+Drone) disappearing when absorbing a Clockzone Gear.
  • Oxjack's Head Core projectile speed (dashing fires a bolt!) now scales with player speed.
  • Fixed an error where the Helmet Guardian would be set to the wrong speed after a wall bump, and just float horizontally.


  • Introducing 30XX Maker! The level editor now lets you create full levels from start to finish. This comes with several new features:
    • Give players any Augs, Cores, Prototypes and weapons that you want. You are no longer limited by the game's randomness.
    • New mechanics exclusive to full levels, such as checkpoints, weapon blocks and toll gates.
    • Use whatever enemies and mechanics that you want, regardless of the level theme. You can also choose where the boss and/or miniboss shows up.
    • An infinite builder grid
    • your levels can be as large as you want! There's also a minimap to help you navigate this massive space.
    • The ability to make your level coop-only, requiring the level to be played by two players.
    • And much more!
  • Changed the logo to match the new branding (Editor -> 30XX Maker) and modified the main menu aesthetic.
  • You can now toggle fullscreen in the settings menu. F4 and Alt + Enter still work, too.
  • Tiles and slopes can now override previously placed tiles.
  • Tile placement now has a "smart offset" that should hopefully make the placement of "perspective tiles" more intuitive. This can be turned off in the settings, which returns tile placement to its old behavior (enable Advanced Mode to make the option visible).
  • You can now use Ctrl + D to switch between disabled layer drawing modes (advanced mode only).
  • While moving the screen, you can now hold Shift + Alt to move even faster.
  • You can now click on a chunk ID in the chunk catalog to copy it to your clipboard.
  • Objects with a "destination" parameter are now always rendered, regardless of how far out-of-view its origin point is.
  • Fixed an issue where the grid wouldn't cover the whole screen when fully zoomed out if the resolution is set to 1920x1080.
  • [*]Fixed the rank symbol on Anchor Mines becoming displaced when stretching them.

Beyond the aesthetic overhaul, 20XX heroes Nina and Ace return with a myriad of new abilities. No longer merely wielding different primary weapons, in 30XX the powerful pair possess entirely distinct move sets allowing greater freedom of expression for both exploring levels and beating back the machines holding Earth prisoner.

Nina’s new Power Fusion system allows her to meld together abilities earned from vanquishing bosses and tailor them to the situation at hand with 64 separate attacks. Meanwhile, the blade-brandishing Ace boasts a versatile set of Techniques, which can be chained together with standard attacks to unleash fierce combos, adapt to any situation, and reach new heights.

30XX also introduces a fresh level of roguelike challenge and reward with its new metagame currency, Memoria. Collected during runs, Memoria can augment the experience, boosting character abilities, giving keen insight into the challenges to come, or altering how stages generate other helping hands. Once certain criteria are met, turn up the heat with Entropy Conditions, introducing optional layers of additional difficulty in exchange for Memoria and other rewards.

Currently available through Steam Early Access ($19.99), 30XX will be double jumping and dashing to PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch in Q3 2023.

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