Enough games have taken their cues from From Software's Dark Souls and Bloodborne games that "Souls-like" is beginning to become its own genre, but we can't say that we mind — especially when the games look this good.
Crowsworn is unabashedly Bloodborne-y in its presentation, with cathedrals and Victorian lampposts up the wazoo, plus the main character is a sort of crow/plague doctor with a scythe for a weapon. It's fantastically on the nose (or on the beak, perhaps), and we bloody love it. Inject that Victoriana right into our veins, thanks.
But Crowsworn differs from Bloodborne in a few key ways: firstly, it's a 2D combat game, and secondly, it's a Metroidvania. It's also entirely hand-drawn and animated, and finally — and most importantly — it's coming to Switch, unlike Bloodborne.
Reaching its Kickstarter funding goal in less than 24 hours, and currently reaching towards the stretch goal of adding voice acting (call us, our crow impression is excellent), Crowsworn has clearly found a loyal and excited audience already. You can back it yourselves if you want to guarantee yourself a copy, design an in-game boss, or grab yourselves some Crowsworn merch, including an art book, a plush, and a t-shirt, made in league with Fangamer.
Rather excitingly, there's already a guaranteed physical version, which will bear a design from comic and Magic the Gathering artist Dave Rapoza, which — despite being described as "not final" — is rather lovely:
The current delivery estimate is December 2023, so it's likely that we won't be adventuring in Corvid Land until Covid Land is over (fingers/feathers crossed).
(Also, as editor and wordsmith Gavin Lane points out: the title is very nearly a palindrome. Is that important? Probably not, but it's cool, innit?)
Looks very much like Hollow Knight. Definitely not a bad thing to look like though!
Being a palindrome is cool! Being nearly a palindrome is nothing.
Game looks interesting though! Kinda like Bloodborne meets Hollow Knight!
Definitely looks cool. It is a copy and paste of Hollow Knight but a good copy and paste
Sorry, madam, but Crowsworn did not set off my palindrome radar.
It looks decent enough. Will wait for a review.
I would play this and one day I think I just might get the chance!
@Ogbert To be fair Crowsworc doesn't really have the same ring to it.
@Abeedo haha no! No it doesn't!
Copying Hollow Knight's visual style isn't the worst thing, since Hollow Knight already looks so gorgeous. But it does mean that this game might struggle at finding its own identity.
Looks cool, I guess this one will hit before The Last Faith by Kumi Souls Games!
Nintendo really needs to publish an exclusive from software game on Switch.
Hot take: medieval knights and castles are better than all this Cthulhu business. Fight me.
Was having a look at this the other day, but it's too far away for me to put money down.
A palindrome like Bolton
Crowsworn is as much of a palindrome as bulb is.
@Devlind From probably wouldn't be interested in toning down the graphics as much as they'd have to.
Leth is working with the developer team and doing PR and marketing for them. He does this for Team Cherry as well. The HK community is pretty much on board with this game. Looks fun!
Man, so many of these indie studios keep making these same old 2D Metroidvania games. It's pretty much oversaturated with those types of games at this point.
When are we going to get more Immersive Sim type of games made by indie developers?
It's the same thing just Victorian.
Oh boy! A bloodborne-y metroidvania from Kickstarter! This looks completely original!
Edit: Also, Gavin has far too much free time on his hands. Slow news day?
Best palindrome I know: a man a plan a canal panama
@Ogbert (completely irrelevant) dude, i love your pp. it is great to see there are still dillon fans!
@Bosson87 Ah yes, the palindrome for Ipswich!
@Kilroy I mean, I guess, but I would really like to see that anyway.
Too many hollow knight clones coming out in the near future to keep track of. Have to read reviews before buying any, especially after Gleamlight. Will be interesting to see how they compare to Silksong.
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