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MixedBag Confirms forma.8 for the Wii U eShop

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Stylish space adventure on the way

Earlier this week we reported that Italian developer MixedBag was teasing a Wii U project, and the studio has now confirmed that it's bringing one of its two current projects — forma.8 — to the eShop; it's also coming to Vita, PS4, iOS, PC, Mac and Linux.

It's yet more welcome news for the home console's download store, with the developer reserving special praise for Unity, Nintendo and Sony for their support. Over two years in the making, forma.8 gives its take on that good-old Metroidvania setup, as you control an exploration probe that becomes lost on an alien planet. You start with no powers, and this title aims to use the environments and sound to carry the narrative.

Floating gracefully in mid air, with a control system that aims to give the player a true sense of flying, our little hero forma.8 starts with no powers, no weapons and no hints of what to do and where to go: it’s up to the player to explore the planet, deal with its often hostile inhabitants, and slowly uncover the story.
 There’s no verbal communication in the game, everything is conveyed to the player only with images and sounds.

This title is due to arrive this year, and will also be appearing in the 'Leftfield Collection' at EGX Rezzed in Birmingham from March 28th-30th.

The announcement trailer is below, so check it out and let us know what you think.

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User Comments (26)

Action51

#1

Action51 said:

Cool, looks like Knytt Underground, but IN SPACE.

Another title to keep an eye on.

evanescent_hero

#4

evanescent_hero said:

I don't like how slowly the character appears to move...hopefully that gets increased, or exploring's gonna be a real chore.

aaronsullivan

#5

aaronsullivan said:

Actually reminds of the style of PixelJunks Shooter games a little, too. LOVED those games but they were stage-based not Metroid-style. I only wish it looked like it had cooperative two-player Shooter though. It works quite well in that type of setup.

It's looking a lot better than it did in early screens and it's great that it's coming to Wii U. Plus, it's NOT a platformer! Now that my kids borrowed Kirby Return to Dreamland we have ANOTHER and we haven't finished Mario 3D or Rayman. (and then, there's DK!)

sinalefa

#6

sinalefa said:

This one looks particularly interesting. I love the music in the trailer. For some reason it reminds me of Fluidity/Hydroventure.

AlexSora89

#7

AlexSora89 said:

It's nice to see my country rising and shining with my greatest passion: gaming. Especially given how gamers are stereotyped here (trust me, they are).

Anguspuss

#8

Anguspuss said:

can someone tell these developers the wii u is dead. Only joking great support on e shop. Nintendo seriously need to look at releasing wii u mk 2 with a hdd built in & some game son it. Either that an official hdd with a bundle of downloadable games with it aka the vita memory card bundles

ACK

#11

ACK said:

Very intriguing. Want to see more of this, for sure. High hopes and all that.

Loving the concept, anyway.

PrincessSugoi

#16

PrincessSugoi said:

Yet another cool looking Indie title. May have to consider getting an external HD with my Wii U because this thing is becoming a digital haven.

LittleIrves

#17

LittleIrves said:

Looks hot. The last few days have been a storm of excellent (and sometimes exclusive!) indies coming to Wii U. That Unity agreement is finally coming to fruition... I'll gladly take awesome indie games over bloated, derivative major 3rd party games anyway.

WiiULoveSquid

#19

WiiULoveSquid said:

Wii U needs games and the door is wide open for indie game makers. It will be interesting to see how that might all evolve further in the future when it comes to Nintendo console gaming.

midnafanboy

#20

midnafanboy said:

everyday im reading now that the wiiu is getting indie support its better than the pathetic third party support it had before.

3dcaleb

#21

3dcaleb said:

this would have been so awesome in 3d. why did they make it for every system but the 3ds?

TromboneGamer

#23

TromboneGamer said:

Interesting. The fact that everything you interact with is shadowed sucks some life out of it imo, but everything else sounds and looks pretty good.

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