Assemble Entertainment and developer Tiny Roar have announced that XEL, “a vibrant sci-fi Zelda-like,” is headed to Switch in 2022.
The game has players exploring a colourful world while solving puzzles, taking on dungeons, and fighting against robots and exotic wildlife. The Zelda series has served as an inspiration for the title’s development, and you can certainly see that in the item usage and exploration shown in the new trailer above.
XEL puts you in the shoes of Reid, who finds herself shipwrecked with no memory of her previous life. Your goal is to get to the bottom of the mystery behind this confusing new land, engaging in combat where necessary and finding and upgrading a variety of weapons and items in what the game’s publisher promises to be an “epic and heartwarming story filled with fantastical settings and memorable characters”.
Here’s a feature list to tell you a little more:
Sci-fi Dungeon Diving: The world of XEL features a vast, extensive overworld and challenging, Zelda-like dungeons to explore
A Deep Combat System: Become proficient at using a variety of attacks and combos, while dodging, and parrying to tackle and take out foes
Gadgets & Guns: Master and upgrade your weapons, shield, and gadgets to smash your foes and open up new areas to explore
Deep Lore and a Deeper Mystery: What exactly happened to this world, and who is responsible? Piece together a captivating story and dive into the legends behind the cryptic history of XEL
Spacetime? Not a Problem: Unlock special abilities that allow Reid to bend the rules of space and time, granting her access to previously impassable areas and opening up new ways to defeat difficult enemies
If you’re liking the sound of the game, make sure to keep an eye out for its release in Q2 2022; you’ll be able to get another look at it during the ‘Assemble: Spotlight On’ which kicks off on Thursday 26th August at 7:30am EDT on the RocketBeans Twitch channel.