Hyper Light Drifter dev reveals gorgeous follow-up Solar Ash Kingdom

March 13, 2019
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Developer Heart Machine has unveiled Solar Ash Kingdom, the long-awaited follow-up to its superb exploratory action-RPG Hyper Light Drifter.

You might want to contain your excitement, however, as today’s unveiling is more of a tease than a full reveal; specifics regarding Solar Ash Kingdom are extremely slim to the point of non-existent – and Heart Machine isn’t even saying which genre bracket its latest title might sit within right now. There is a scene-setting trailer to accompany the announcement though, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

The world it depicts foregoes the meticulous pixel art of Hyper Light Drifter, instead favouring a minimalist (if not quite low-poly) aesthetic that’s no less striking, despite the shift to full-3D. Granted, there’s no guarantee that any of those environments are pulled directly from – or are even indicative of – the final game, but that’s the impression given.

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