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Guacamelee! Developer Stirring Up A New Title, Severed

Posted by Andrew Karklins

Hitting virtual shelves some time in 2015

DrinkBox Studios as a company has only existed for around 6 years, but in that time has produced some amazing titles, with a new addition coming down the pipes.

The developer of Guacamelee! and Mutant Blobs Attack has announced Severed, a new title coming in 2015; it tells the story of a distraught warrior trying to solve a mystery, such as how she awakes missing a part of her arm.

The game features open world gameplay and the ability to take down enemies in a first person perspective using various gestures. Along with the open world, quests will allow you gain new powers and a new features allows players to attach the ligaments of your “severed” prey to enhance your abilities.

From the beginning of the game, the world is open to the player to explore. As stated by lead designer Greg Lesky to Destructoid, “you can go down one path, or you can try going down one path and if it's not really working you can go down a different path and try that path, get the new piece of armor or whatever it is from that path, and then try that first path again [as] you'll be more upgraded."

The developers state that Severed is a mix of Mega Man, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, and Infinity Blade. The level design similar to that of Mega Man, the combat stemming from Infinity Blade, and the strategy and tactics of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out.

Players will also be able to use magic alongside their physical based attacks both inside and outside of battle. Magic can be used in offensive ways (fighting with enemies) as well as function for practical uses outside of battle (opening doors).

Although there was no mention of platforms, it is safe to assume that Severed will be available on touch enhanced devices; the studio is "open" to systems such as the Wii U, Vita, and 3DS, as well as various mobile platforms. It'd aiming for a 2015 release, prompting the idea that this title is early in development.

A teaser trailer, however, is available to watch below.

What do you think of Severed? Do you think it would fit nicely on a 3DS or Wii U? Let us know in the comments below.

[via destructoid.com]

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User Comments (15)

midnafanboy

#1

midnafanboy said:

This look interesting i will get it, but it releases in 2015.I wonder if the wiiu will last that long at the rate its going.

Prof_Clayton

#2

Prof_Clayton said:

Hopefully it gets a little more detail in there, in graphics and gameplay. Looks alright so far, but to get my money it'll have to step it up.

CrabGats

#3

CrabGats said:

@midnafanboy Oh chill out, it's not about lasting long, Nintendo would never drop a main home console like that. The Gamecube didn't do so hot, either, and it made it til the end of it's generation.

Sean_Aaron

#4

Sean_Aaron said:

That was impressive. The targeting mechanic would be a good fit for the Gamepad or Wii Remote, so think Wii U would be a natural fit.

Squid

#5

Squid said:

The concept is interesting, and watching it in action looks great, but I think I'll still have to see more. Pretty sure this will be good though.

sinalefa

#6

sinalefa said:

Still a long time coming. So I will get Guacamelee on Wii U, and from there I will see if I like their games.

Kaze_Memaryu

#8

Kaze_Memaryu said:

The concept looks nice, and if they properly utilize the core gameplay, this can be really intriguing.
But the art style is really irritating me. To me, it doesn't look complimenting, but rather unfitting. It's hardly expectable, but Drinkbox should consider going for a more sinister and less colorful look. What they presented in that trailer really took the tension out of the idea.

Dr_Corndog

#9

Dr_Corndog said:

Guacamelee is fantastic. As in, partway through playing it I realized that it's exactly the game I would make if I were a game developer.

CaPPa

#10

CaPPa said:

From the video it looked reminiscent of Okami's celestial brush mechanic (a game that screams to be on Wii U).

I've heard good things about DrinkBox Studios games, so I'll keep an eye on Severed. I'm also going to pick up Guacamelee! when it releases on the Wii U (I didn't get it on PS3 due to games not transferring to PS4).

Ricube

#11

Ricube said:

Even this trailer reminds me of Metroid. I thought, playing the first metroid games, that Samus was actually missing an arm... In Guacamelee there are a lot of Nintendo references and these guy's sure love the Metroid games they get inspiration from. So it's about time to publish games on Nintendo consoles! Even their logo has a Wiimote in it... ;-)

AcesHigh73

#12

AcesHigh73 said:

As someone who really enjoyed Mutant Blobs Attack, and utterly adored Guacamelee! on Vita, I consider myself a big fan of those talented guys at Drinkbox. And with that in mind, Severed looks right up my alley. So long as it doesn't require multi-touch, it should be a perfect for Wii U (and 3DS). Here's hoping, at least.

bezerker99

#13

bezerker99 said:

omg that looked awesome! anyone who has played thru Guacamelee! knows just how awesome this developer is. they definitely know what they are doing - can't wait to see the finished product here.

unrandomsam

#15

unrandomsam said:

I would have liked it much more if I didn't feel like I wasting so much time. (I like the way La Mulana does Metroidvania don't like emptiness).

Don't like it when button mashing works either. (That part of Rondo of Blood with Richter seems to be ignored by Metroidvania's generally).

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