We've all been hit hard by the recent news that the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be delayed to Spring 2023. It's a necessary move, of course, to ensure that the game will be the best it can possibly be (don't say the Miyamoto quote!), but we can't hide the fact that we're a tad disappointed.

Thankfully, developer Tiny Roar and publisher Assemble Entertainment will be easing our pain slightly with the release of XEL this summer, a sci-fi action adventure that's billed as a "love letter to classic Zelda titles".

The game will star Reid, an amnesiac who winds up shipwrecked on a mysterious planet with no memory of who she is or where she came from. She'll need to traverse the dangerous land, meet a cast of charming characters, pillage dungeons, and gain items that will help her jump through time and space itself.

Here are a few key features from Assemble Entertainment:

Old School Meets New School: Retro meets modern in a classic top-down 3D action-adventure featuring a well-crafted and fun combat system comprised of, dodging, parrying, and clever gadgets
Adventure Through Space and Time: Explore the mysterious world of XEL and uncover its dark past, utilizing mind-bending time travel to unlock the secrets of the mysterious land whilst mastering the many challenging dungeons waiting to be explored
A Timeless Audiovisual Experience: Composed by Gidon Wolff, XEL offers a timeless soundtrack complemented by vibrant visuals, handcrafted by a passionate indie team

With its top-down gameplay reminiscent of games like A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds, this one might well be worth keeping an eye on as we get closer to summer. We'll be sure to provide an update once a firm release date it set.

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