Announced by Devolver Digital in March, death door It’s easily one of the most interesting video game concepts I’ve come across in a long time: it’s about a crow with a sword that reaps the souls of the dead. It’s actually a rather boring chore most of the time, but every now and then someone does hit the spirits, and that’s when things get fun.
We only got a brief glimpse of the gameplay in this teaser trailer, but developer Acid Nerve delved deeper into the action as Summer Game Fest Kickoff kicks off today with a gameplay video featuring “intense, fast-paced brawls, where mistakes are punished and skill rewarded.” “
“Our background is in tight 2D artwork, and we’ve been careful to keep this responsive,” explained producer and designer David Fenn. “The world is completely explorable, and it’s completely handcrafted. All the characters and enemies you meet have quirky and memorable designs too. Death’s Door has plenty of high-octane action, but it’s also about discovering the secrets of its unique setting and unraveling this mysterious story.”
While the underlying narrative is certainly unusual, the “structure and scope of the game” closely matches that of The Legend of Zelda, one of the developer’s “earliest inspirations,” Fenn said.
“You have a bleak task to do, but you will also bring hope to the strange and wonderful residents trying to make their way in this strange place. The environment and conditions are bleak, but the momentary interactions have touches of humor and positivity.”
Honestly, I’m torn: I’m terrible at this kind of high-speed combat (and frankly, I have little patience for that), but I like the way the death door looks and promises the setting and story. I hope it has some kind of story mode, so I’ll be able to enjoy the experience even if I’m not very good at it. (Because yes, I would definitely play it. How could I not?)
Death Door is expected to come out this summer. Find out more on playdeathsdoor.com.