Bytten Studio's upcoming open-world monster collector Cassette Beasts is shaping up to be a record-scratcher when it eventually comes out. Today, publisher Raw Fury has shared a brand new trailer that showcases the cosy, comfortable world of New Wirral.
This turn-based RPG has the look and feel of Pokémon, but with the ability to fuse the rhythm and music-inspired monsters is a lot closer to Digimon. Clearly capturing the "vibes" of the '90s from its inspirations, instead of sending monsters out to do battle, your character transforms into them at the click of a cassette player.
The trailer itself shows lots of traversal options, such as gliding, jumping over large gaps, and even solving puzzles. We're sure this is only scratching the surface of what Cassette Beasts' New Wirral has in store for us, but for now, here's everything we currently know, courtesy of the game's website:
Adventure. Battle. Transform.
Collect awesome monsters to use during turn-based battles in this open-world RPG. Combine any two monster forms using Cassette Beasts’ Fusion System to create unique and powerful new ones!
Welcome to New Wirral, a remote island inhabited by strange creatures you’ve only dreamed of, nightmares you hopefully haven’t, and a cast of brave folks who use cassette tapes to transform for battle. To find a way home you’ll need to explore every inch of the island, and record monsters to your trusty cassette tapes to gain their abilities!
- Transform into monsters...using retro cassette tapes?! - Faced with the constant threat of monster attacks, the residents of Harbourtown, New Wirral choose to fight fire with fire. Record a monster to tape, then play it back to take on its form for battle!
- Fuse monster forms! - Getting close to your companion has benefits–while transformed you can combine your strengths to gain the upper hand in battle! Any two monster forms can be fused to produce unique, fully-animated new fusion forms.
-Explore a rich open world - Certain monster abilities can be used in human form. You’ll need these to help you get around, solve puzzles, and locate dungeons. Glide, fly, swim, climb, dash, or turn magnetic!
- Travel alongside a diverse cast of human companions - Never fight alone! Form bonds, spend time together, and help your selected partner complete personal goals to become a better team. The strength of your relationship determines how well you’re able to fuse!
-Master a deep battle system - Take advantage of elemental chemistry to apply extra buffs or debuffs alongside your attack, or even alter your opponent’s elemental type!
We don't know when we'll be able to wind the tape in on Cassette Beasts yet, as the game doesn't have a release date, but it's shaping up to be a bopping pixel-art tribute to monster collecting games, by the looks of things!
Are you interested in Cassette Beasts? Let us know in the comments!
[source youtube.com, via nintendowire.com]
This looks pretty great! I'll be sure to keep my ear to the ground for a release date.
Sheesh the name of this game made me have a flashback to my Childhood, the days when I used to play games from Cassette Tapes. Ahem anyway this looks interesting so I'll be keeping a close eye on it.
Cassette Beasts makes me think of Soundwaves or Blasters minions.
The more monster collecting games there are, the better. Pokémon has been sitting on its laurels and growing complacent without much competition from anyone else.
Cassette Beast vs. Coromon vs. Temtem vs. Nexomon: Extinction. Which one is the better indie Pokemon clone?
@Royalblues They could, seems like a whole lifetime has passed since then. Floppy disks I also used and on rare occasions they would get stuck in the drive. Indeed times have changed a lot.
Soundwave and Blaster are currently in touch with their lawyers.
Honestly pretty excited for this game. Not sure how I feel about the overworld artstyle or the song lyrics, but it looks really fun so far.
@Specter_of-the_OLED idk about the others but temtem shot itself in the foot.
The devs turned out to be real jerks to their community and basically everyone left. Mods for the online aspects were a little... triggered trigger happy.
Its a shame because mechanically it was actually pretty promising until devs ignored feedback and started showing a superiority side over their fanbase.
@Araquanid I probably won't support that one then, after playing past Pokemon style games like Ni no Kuni, DQ Monsters Joker, and Yokai Watch, I just want to give these alternative a chance, perhaps I will give Nexomon a try since that one is already out.
@Specter_of-the_OLED Coromon’s also coming out the 31st. It’s pretty faithful to the Pokémon format but seems of good quality with its own story and tweaks to combat.
Oh wow, I'll be keeping an eye out for this one!
This footage looks as if the graphics would have benefitted from co-developing with Shin'en Studios.
I think indie studios should begin to band together to co-develop titles, helping them make something even more polished than they could accomplish by themselves. They could release more AA games rather than indie single A games.
There are only a select few talented devs who can make standout games all by themselves, like Stardew, Hollow Knight, Celeste, etc.
@Specter_of-the_OLED Better? They are all subjectively great in their own light.
@RubyCarbuncle Aww man, those cassette tape board games?! I remember those! <3
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