Indie studio Sabotage recently revealed the first teaser for its upcoming platformer, The Messenger, and it’s looking like it could be 2018’s Shovel Knight.
The Messenger starts as a 2D platformer that puts you in the role of an unnamed ninja who must defeat a demon army that’s threatening his clan. Clearly taking its inspiration from games like Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania, and Metroid, The Messenger starts off as a standard 2D, 8-bit platformer until it transforms (or, rather, time-travels) into a 16-bit Metroidvania game throughout its expansive levels.
The Messenger is clearly one of those games that hopes to combine old-school aesthetics and gameplay mechanics with a more modern sensibility, especially in how it treats character progression. Collecting time shards that are scattered throughout The Messenger‘s stages will let players upgrade the ninja’s special abilities, unlocking more ways to avoid traps and defeat enemies.
All in all, it looks like a really fun send-up to some of our favorite classic games, with a solid chiptune soundtrack to boot.
The Messenger is scheduled to launch sometime in 2018 for PC and consoles, though specific platforms have yet to be announced.