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Wow: Hyper Light Drifter Is Diablo Meets Link To The Past

Meets Neon Genesis Evangelion, apparently.

Oh. Oh my. That is the second post I’ve introduced with those words today, but that does not (necessarily!) mean I’m creatively bankrupt. Rather, it’s been a very good time for brilliantly impressive games that just sort of appear out of nowhere. First Eden Star took me entirely by surprise with its runleaping Minecraft’s Edge antics, and now Hyper Light Drifter is dazzling me with glorious grimdarkpink art and music provided by Fez chiptune maestro Disasterpeace. Oh, and then there is this: “It plays like the best parts of A Link to the Past and Diablo, evolved: lightning fast combat, more mobility, an array of tactical options, more numerous and intelligent enemies, and a larger world with a twisted past to do it all in.” Mmmmmmmm, yes. Good. Goooooooood.

Yep, OK. I’m on board. Sign me up. By which I apparently mean “remove money from my wallet and insert it into your dungeon-dwelling bubble gum disco ball piggy bank,” because this one’s currently on Kickstarter. After only a day, it’s already passed its initial goal of $27,000, so that’s an excellent sign.

The plan is to release in June of 2014, with a beta taking place sometime in the run-up to that. Personally, I’d like more details before I’m entirely sold, but the sparkling specks developer Heart Machine has already doled out already have me starry eyed. Crazy dashing, a personalized companion drone who manages your inventory and seeks out hidden paths, and all sorts of upgrade-able weapons and items? Yes please.

Who else looked at Hyper Light Drifter and went, “Huminahhuminahwaah? Hmmm. Oh? Ohhhhh? Oh! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” Who else made exactly those noises?

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