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Hyper Light Drifter follow-up Solar Ash is out now

Gather around, skater boys and girls

Heart Machine's Solar Ash is out now, inviting players on a skating adventure to kill giant bosses. It's a follow-up to their previous game, Hyper Light Drifter, but this time around they've swapped the 2D style for 3D, and are sending you out into a big open world. I'm very much looking forward to jumping into its lush and colourful alien landscapes. Oh, to be a sci-fi skater.

Solar Ash is an action adventure game where you play as Rei, a hero trying to save her world from the Ultravoid (a large black hole). To do this, she'll need to skate her way to a number of big beasties throughout the world, and take them down.

Cover image for YouTube videoSOLAR ASH | Release Date Trailer

I interviewed the developers back in July who told me the game was "like a mix of Mario Galaxy, meets Shadow Of The Colossus, meets Jet Set Radio". They want Solar Ash to feel pretty different from Hyper Light, so they put a lot of tech and energy into making sure the world was big enough for lotsa of movement and lotsa boss fights.

It seems they've done a pretty good job too. In his Solar Ash review, Ed says: "Don't expect one fluid joy ride, but when it does come together it really does impress. If you’re after a few hours of slicin' and skatin', I'd say it’s worth strapping those blades up."

Solar Ash is out now on the Epic Games Store, priced at £32/€40/$40. It's also on PlayStation. The devs haven't yet said whether or not it will come to other PC storefronts like Steam.

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Hyper Light Drifter

PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch

Solar Ash

PS4, PS5, PC

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Imogen Beckhelling

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Imogen is a lore enthusiast and lover of all the fun shenanigans game communities get up to. She spends too much time playing Overwatch, and not enough time having interests that aren't to do with video games.