Tuesday, June 16, 2015

E3 HYPE: EITR's Pixels Are Looking Beautiful

Yes, the rise of Indie gaming over the past 5 years has brought some trends to video games.  Yes, there are a ridiculous amount of pixelated, or pixel art inspired games.  Many of these are good, and many more are real bad.

Yes, many people are getting downright sick of this artstyle, and you really cannot blame them.

Yes, yes, there have been plenty of games with pixels, but these pixels...these are glorious.

I’ve been following this Diablo-meets-Dark Souls mashup for a little while, wondering when they’d get around to talking about a release date, instead of teasing me with beautiful GIFs.

Thanks to E3, the week that forces everyone’s hand for the glory of marketing, it happened. Eitr, just like every other game seemingly, is coming in 2016 from the good folks at Devolver Digital.  (Who are really just on a roll right now.)

Check it out:

Here’s the game’s setup:

The Shield Maiden, as with all mortal Norsemen, was to have her fate determined by the three fate-weaving Norns and their sacred loom before she even entered the world. However, her destiny was shattered when the mischievous god Loki interfered, dripping spots of the wretched substance Eitr into the unwoven loom, forever altering the Shield Maiden’s path and engulfing the great tree Yggdrasil in darkness. Now the Shield Maiden must venture into the nine Norse worlds connected by Yggdrasil and unravel the mystery of her fate.

Here’s what that actually means:

These GIFs will have to tide me over until next year when I can finally get this thing into my Playstation 4. 

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