You ever get delighted about a game, forget it exists for a year or more, and after that randomly see it appear near its release? That’s me today as I’m reminded of Battle Axe, a co-op hack ‘n’ slash game adventure with luxurious pixel art. It’s launching in April 2021 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
After covering Henk Nieborg’s successful Kickstarter project last year, Battle Axe is back in the spotlight today as part of a multi-game presentation from Numskull Games. On a related note, yeah, there’s going to be a physical edition from the UK publisher– simply PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Change.
Today’s designer commentary overview touches on the 3 main characters (an elf, a wizard, and a marauder) who focus on varied and melee attacks, character development in the primary Game mode (that includes an ultimate New Game ), and the more Gauntlet-like mania of Infinite Mode.
If you’re wanting to play cooperatively, as all excellent hack ‘n’ slash games ought to be, it’s local. I also need to give a nod to the spot-on music– the soundtrack was created by the legendary composer Manami Matsumae. The end of the video reveals a manager battle, and wow, the “stage clear” fanfare hits simply.
After whatever I’ve become aware of Bitmap Bureau’s Xeno Crisis, I’m feeling great about this one. Nieborg also posted a new Kickstarter upgrade with a take a look at other areas and the CRT shader, if you wonder.