Rogue Legacy, which came out originally in 2013 and then on Switch in 2019, was a tongue-in-cheek take on the roguelike genre: Whenever your character dies during one of the dungeon-crawl segments, their role as the hero is taken up by one of their children. Each child will have a unique characteristic that maps roughly and crudely onto real-world genetic conditions, from colour blindness (which makes the game black-and-white) to dwarfism (which makes the character short), which significantly affect the run.
The sequel, Rogue Legacy 2, was announced back in April 2020, and after almost two years in Early Access, it's finally coming to console. Unfortunately for us, that console is the Xbox — but the fact that it's Xbox One and Series X/S only gives us hope that it's merely a timed exclusive, and that we'll eventually get Rogue Legacy 2 in our grubby, Joy-Con holding mitts as well.
Since the game has been in Early Access for two years already, we can take a look at what people think of it so far in the Steam reviews:
"Already better than rogue legacy 1"
"A great Improvement over the first game"
"Not quite a fun game - yet - but close!"
"Genuinely fun game bogged down by weird mechanics"
"Fair warning: It's quite difficult, but over time you can also upgrade your stats and gear to make it easier."
New features in the game include the ability to take on "debilitating" traits in the game for greater rewards, new systems like Heirlooms, which are powers that "fundamentally change how you play", and Relics, which range from special challenges to new abilities. Also, clowns? Clowns.
New traits include Antiquarian (makes the graphics look a bit like a Game Boy game), Associative Agnosia (pixellates all enemies), Synesthesia (makes everything pretty colours, oooh), and Hyperflatulence (farts).
The release date (on PC and Xbox) is April 28th, 2022.
Do you want to see Rogue Legacy 2 on Switch, or are you fine with missing out (or playing on another platform)? Let us know in the comments!
At least we have the first game, which is itself still pretty great.
Loved the first game, will absolutely buy the second if it comes to switch.
The first game was highly addicting, so I will definitely be tempted to pick up the sequel on my Xbox.
"Genealogy in a bottle." These sub-headers are my daily pick-me-up! I played a lot of Rogue Legacy on Vita/PS4, so that itch has already been scratched. I'll probably skip the sequel.
I loved first on Ps Vita! Now i want sequel on my Switch!
The first game was probably the only game I ever double dipped from PC to Switch. There is no way I'm not getting this
I saw Markiplier play this, noticed the 1st game is on Switch, so it's weird that this isn't coming to Switch...? I dunno, not a huge rogue fan of any kind. Out of all of the ones I've played, only one I truly enjoyed, and played for who knows how long. (Death Road to Canada)
Timed exclusivity deal, I'm sure. It'll come to Switch in due course.
First game was fine back in the day on PS Vita, although we're practically drowning under indie rougelites these days, so I'm not terribly impatient for a port.
OMG why does it look and feel too much like a mobile flash game now? The first one at least look and feel like a proper 2D 16-Bit action platformer with a charmy pixel perfect sprite. Why ruin that? It's like Fox 'n Forests turning into Finnigan Fox all over again.
Rogue Legacy 1 & 2 character sprite comparison
I really loved the first game, I finally played it last year. It was easier than a lot of rogue-lites and the gameplay loop was short but that just helped make it a fun relaxing game to pick up and put down. I Hope we get the sequel on Switch at some point.
@Specter_of-the_OLED I actually like the new look.
@Specter_of-the_OLED um what?!?
Part 2 is beautifully animated like Dragons Trap or Alex Kidd, etc..
I love when smaller devs try a different art style then pixel art all the time
I have this game since 2020 on STEAM.
Great Game! Difficult, but i prefer difficult (and FUN) games.
It´s like Binding of Isaac side scrolling.
It´s an OLD game to me.
I've been playing this game for almost 2 years!
I wouldn't be surprised if timed since Rogue Legacy 1 was released at various dates depending on platform
Some review aren’t too kind about the few enhancements of the sequel…
I went through a burnout phase in 2019 and rogue legacy was one of my few good memories of theses times…
The first Rogue Legacy was my first rogue-lite/like (I can never sort out the difference) and it got me hooked on the genre to some degree. Been waiting for Rogue Legacy 2 to come to Switch. This is a good step possibly.
… Wun can only hope.
I'd be all over this on the Switch. So many games that it could absolutely handle easily don't make it - YES, EA, I'M LOOKING AT YOU 🏈🖕
Nintendo machines have suffered this unfairness for years, sometimes to the detriment of a console's lifespan.
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