First Look At The Combat Of ‘Hyper Light Drifter’


Yesterday, developer, Heart Machine, released the first video of Hyper Light Drifter in action. The video, accompanied by Rich “Disasterpeace” Vreeland’s soundtrack, shows Hyper Light Drifter’s protagonist hacking and slashing his way through a portion of the game. Dashing through the corridors, the character encounters a handful of enemy types, all of which are dispatched quickly, and efficiently. One encounter sees the protagonist faced with an enemy armed with a rocket launcher. A quick slash disarms the rocket in mid-air, and the enemy is easily dealt with from there.

To accompany the video’s release, Heart Machine posted the following on the game’s Kickstarter updates page, “Keep in mind, this is all pre-alpha footage, so there are animations missing, sounds missing, and the leveling up system is not currently in place for the sake of testing among other items, but we wanted to reveal and share our progress.”

Thanks to a massively successful Kickstarter Campaign, Heart Machine was able to collect over $600,000 for the development of Hyper Light Drifter. With the support of a little over 24,000 backers, Heart Machine has promised to expand the game from the initial PC/Mac/Linux release and bring the game to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, OUYA, and the Wii U.

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