Graffiti Games and developer Robi Studios has announced that Blue Fire is arriving on Switch (and PC, if that’s your bag) on 4th February. Inspired by the dungeon combat of the Zelda series and the fast-paced platforming of 2D titles like Hollow Knight (with some lashings of Dark Souls added for good measure), this indie title was first featured in Nintendo’s March 2020 Indie World Showcase and was previously planned Summer 2020 launch.
Following the events of last year, it inevitably got pushed back to ‘Q1 2021’. However, we got our hands-on a PC demo build back in September last year and were impressed with the opening stages of the game, its snappy combat and dungeon-based exploration. Check out the launch date trailer above for a good idea of the atmosphere and 3D action adventure gameplay Robi Studios has crafted.
Here’s a list of the key features from the publisher itself, along with a few screenshots:
Hardcore Platforming – Leap through deadly traps and master movement to navigate gradually demanding platforming challenges.
Lost in the Void – Far from Penumbra, there is a lost land called The Void. Find Void entrances throughout the world to uncover abstract platforming challenges that require great mastery to gather the valuable rewards hidden inside.
Slash Your Way Through Great Adversaries – Encounter dangerous enemies with distinct fighting styles and partake in intense combat-platforming boss fights.
A Haunting World – Travel through the perished world of Penumbra to explore unique areas filled with diverse enemies, sharp 3D platforming challenges, quests, collectibles and more.
Encounter Peculiar Survivors – A long time has passed since Penumbra fell into darkness, but those that survived the kingdom’s fall will aid your journey to unlock valuable rewards.
Collectibles – Once a rich and lush kingdom, Penumbra is filled with many collectibles and items to discover, loot, collect, sell, trade and purchase.
Upgrades – No great warrior can battle the dangers lurking in Penumbra without the proper equipment. Upgrade your swords, collect valuable amulets and unlock new abilities to transform into a fierce fighter.
Blue Fire will set you back $19.99 when it launches on Switch eShop at the start of February. We’re intrigued to see how the final Switch build (well, the launch build, at least — what does ‘final’ even mean these days?) will hold up. Fortunately, we’re only a handful of weeks away from finding out.
Let us know below your thoughts on the trailer and if there are any sparks between yourself and Blue Fire.
Further reading: Hands On: Blue Fire’s Platforming And Zelda-Style Dungeon Combat Shows Promise