You might remember Deneos' adorable Save Me Mr Tako! from a few years back. The definitive edition on Switch is now celebrating its two-year anniversary (how time flies) and the developer has today revealed that there is more to come from the Tako saga as it provided a first look at Tako no Himitsu: Ocean of Secrets.
This game will see you playing as a group of six heroes who set out on a journey to defeat the shadow monsters that have plagued the land. In the process, truths will be exposed, shining a light on some tough themes in the characters' lives up until this point. Deneos has cited a number of inspirations for this one including Eastward, CrossCode and Undertale, and has even gone as far as to say that the game is "like if Golden Sun met Illusion of Gaia" — no pressure then, eh?
Ocean of Secrets is currently still in development and the team will be launching a Kickstarter later this year with a Switch version of the game as one of the fundraiser's stretch goals. You can find the game's Kickstarter page here, though note that it is not live just yet.
Once again, Deneos is drawing inspiration from the GBA era, and today's reveal trailer (above) gives a good look at the pixel art visuals that we can expect from this one. The developer has described the upcoming title as "a spiritual sequel of Save Me Mr Tako" and we are starting to see why (the cute little octopi weapons were a bit of a giveaway).
For a little more information about the game's story and a look at some screenshots, check out the following from the developer:
In a world where shadow monsters are appearing, the discovery of an octopus will put a light on the lies that the people in power wanted to hide. Start a great adventure with colorful characters and try to save this world slowly consumed by the secrets of its past.
We understand that the game is being targeted for a 2025 release, though nothing is set in stone at these early stages. You can find even more details over on the game's Steam page.
From the little that we have seen so far, the game is certainly a pretty one to look at and promises to tackle some tough themes as it progresses — always a strong combo. We will be keeping an eye out for more information over the coming months and have our fingers crossed that it makes its Switch stretch goal quickly.
What do you make of this one so far? Let us know in the comments.
Art style looks amazing! Hopefully we more indie games in the gba aesthetic.
lol @ 2025. I will never understanding announcing something so far from release. For big companies I guess it has to do with keeping shareholders happy or something.
Why even announce the release date if it’s 2025? Just say TBA.
If they can do Switch physical - I am there.
In 2025 we will not be talking about GBA inspired games for the switch which may or may not happen after you give them kickstarter money BUT NOTHING IS SET IN STONE.
You want money to build your dream project? Go gd get it.
Golden Sun is probably the most high caliber reference that can be made in this sort of endeavor. Guess I am not being sold on these visuals so far... looks very generic whereas the GS games had an extremely vivid color palette / and exciting gameplay.
Best of luck to the devs, but I mostly don’t back Kickstarter projects.
To me it looks like Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga! If it comes out with a physical I might get it! It looks awesome!
@OptometristLime what's funny is if there was an actual GBA version I'd back it, but these graphics on the OLED screen would seem underwhelming
Looks awesome. GBA-era pixel art is the best, so more games like this are always welcome.
Like if Golden Sun meets Illusion of Gaia? Well, I guess I am the exact target audience for this game, lol.
Golden Sun meets Golden Sun Please.
adorbs!! I need this is my life!!
I like it a lot, but a real GBA version would get my attention more and would probably bring in a lot of money from Gamers Retro.
Ooh wee that is lofty to mention Golden Sun and Illusion of Gaia, two of my favorite games. I wish all the best. So is this like a semi-sequel to Save Me Mr Tako?
@Cronodoug I think they're more interested in the 100 million switch owners and even more steam users than the 300 people who would buy it for gba. It's also a very difficult console to develop for.
@MeloMan Here is how to run a successful kickstarter:
Mention a few legendary games and the phrase "spiritual successor". That's it. It doesn't have to make sense or even apply. Heck, you can make the game or not really. It isn't set in stone after all.
@OptometristLime Golden Sun being referenced made me click on the article. Any comparison to that series is a high compliment, I hope this game does well whenever it’s released.
Indie RPGs are rarely as good as the classics that inspired them. I don't feel like anyone can balance RPGs anymore. You either steamroll everything or hit massive difficulty spikes. Nevermind half the newer RPGs are constantly capping your level and still can't balance the gameplay.
Looks good, I'll consider backing it up on Kickstarter when the campaign goes live!
@veesonic 2025 is only 19 months (plus about 2 weeks) away. Tears of the Kingdom was announced 4 years (nearly 50 months) before it was released.
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