Resonator, a small independent studio founded by industry professionals with experience on a wide range of AAA games, will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new open world action title Anew: The Distant Light on February 14th. A Thunderclap campaign has been set up in order to support the Kickstarter’s launch, and gamers interested in helping out without spending a penny may want to check it out.
Playing as a kid stranded in a remote alien moon, gamers will have to fight, solve puzzles and explore a world that is as beautiful as it is dangerous. The developers cite Metroid, Cave Story and the Souls series as inspiration, and Anew: The Distant Light seems to fit the metroidvania bill to perfection, with a plethora of gameplay altering upgrades to be found, as well as tricky platforming scenarios to be conquered.
Official features list:
Huge, Open Game World – Explore and unlock an unknown alien moon to discover your origins and your mission. Your adventure will take you above and below the surface of the moon, across rocky landscapes, towering spires, deep frozen lakes, and more.
Classic Metroidvania Structure – Discover new tools, abilities and weapons which allow you to unlock new areas in the game world. Environments play differently as you evolve, making it fun to explore familiar territory for previously unreachable items and access to new realms.
Deep Gameplay – Every weapon and piece of gear is a game-changer. Situational advantages from gear choices ensure that nothing becomes obsolete. Upgrade and customize your weapons to suit your play style. Diverse and meaningful interactions with other characters and the environment make exploring your equipment as fun as exploring the game world.
Upgradeable Home Ship – The ship you’ve traveled to the alien moon on is a playable level in itself. Find hidden power cells in the game world, and return them to your ship to unlock rooms. Each new room in the ship offers new and exciting gameplay options. Your ship grows with you as you master the game world.
Pilot Powerful Machines and Vehicles – Pilot massive mechs, tanks, shuttles, and a variety of other awesome weaponized vehicles. Hop in and out at-will to explore on foot, or collect items and upgrades. Take on hordes of enemy soldiers with ease!
Dynamic Environment – A day and night cycle with changing atmospheric conditions, weather effects, and a burning-hot sun modify gameplay in interesting ways that affect pacing and tactical decisions (40x time lapse below).
Mysterious Story – Discover the fate of your missing co-pilot, and find out who you are and why you’ve been sent 20 light years into space to a hostile alien environment.