Nocturnal is an upcoming indie action platformer set on a foggy island. Unleash the flames to dispel the darkness!
Nocturnal is an action platformer set on a foggy island
- Genre: Action-adventure, platformer
- Developed by: Sunnyside game
- Published by: Dear villagers
- Release date: Q2 2023
- Price: TBD
- Platforms: Windows (Steam), Consoles (Planned)
Indie developers Sunnyside Games just announced their second ever game release: Nocturnal. This is a 2D side-scrolling action platformer that allows players to take on the role of Ardeshir, an ancient soldier.
Ardeshir is a battle-hardened veteran of the Enduring Flame. The weary warrior longs only for rest as they travel back to their home island. Little does he know that his island of Nahran has become almost completely enveloped in a magical mist. This fog is all-encompassing, and hides many dangers within.
What caused this? Did Ardeshir really come home, or is this a twisted realm that mimics his own reality? Will the lasting flame continue through the darkness? Time will tell in Nocturnal.
Over the entire island of Nahran is the ever-threatening fog. The streamers of air dance menacingly just out of reach, and need ever closer. Thus, the ultimate goal of Nocturnal for Ardeshir is to dispel this phenomenon once and for all.
Making matters worse, our hero can’t breathe in the fog, limiting his time in it. Ardeshir must either avoid the haze entirely, breathe through the dangers, or temporarily dispel the darkness.
As a member of the Enduring Flame, Ardeshir’s only likely ally is fire itself. By using the flame powers, the soldier can temporarily ward off the smog. Gabriel Sonderegger, co-founder of Sunnyside Games, said:The flames and fog provide players with a fine balance of swinging between feeling weak and oppressed, with fleeting moments of triumph as they engulf their weapons in fire.“
Fire will be the catalyst to open up the world. Aside from the obvious and practical use in combat, flames can be used to burn things in the background, and activate various machines.
The nocturnal island
The island of Nahran is cold and lonely. Visually, it is quite atmospheric and quite appropriate given the climate of the country. A sense of suffocating isolation is always present, caused by both the fog and the underlying darkness. Good thing we come equipped with a flame in Nocturnal.
We are able to pierce the darkness with our flames, revealing areas and opening up hidden paths. Some areas are even pitch black with only our lighting providing a light source. These areas are quite challenging, especially with the platform segments. You have to be very careful as the next step you take will lead you to an unclimbable abyss
Nahran will also have some very varied locations. We can explore various open fields, mountain ranges, old temples or other dungeons. The only constant with all of these is the darkness and fog.
While we didn’t get to see too much combat in the reveal trailer, what was was pretty good. Our burning blade is quite stylish and completely engulfs enemies with each heavy blow.
Hits are meaty and satisfying. Some of the harder hits can even cause massive detonations, obliterating any creatures of darkness unfortunate enough to be trapped within. An extremely delightful feature is that attacks have a large hit-stopping effect.
Like most games, Nocturnal will have tons of unlocks. Players will not have access to Ardeshir’s full arsenal and must build it up during their journey. You will collect the ashes from shattered enemies as well as from exploration. These can be offered to various Pheonix statues to unlock new moves as well as improve your own stats.
Find the light
Nocturnal was just announced with a teaser trailer. The actual release date for the title will be revealed sometime in March 2023. A playable demo will be made available to everyone during the Steam Next party that runs from February 6 to 13, 2023. Finally, the game will feature a Speedrunning Mode for players who want to take on those kinds of challenges.
This is the second game from the developers Sunnyside Games. Their previous project was called Towaga: Among Shadows and was another side-scrolling action adventure with lively, colorful graphics.