So you want to play Mega Man, but can’t wait for whenever Mega Man 11 is coming out? Consider 20XX, a roguelike platformer heavily inspired by Mega Man.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that screenshots of 20XX are in fact screenshots of either an official Mega Man game or a Mega Man fan game of some sort. Its developers were inspired by the series after all, and the game itself released on Steam earlier this year. As announced at PlayStation Experience earlier today, the game is also headed to the PS4 sometime in early 2018.
An interesting twist on the classic formula is that 20XX is a roguelike game, so the levels change every time you play. There’s also seeded daily and weekly challenges put out by the developers, but apart from that, you should kiss fixed levels goodbye. There’s also permanent death, so if you die, you have to start all over. The developers have also mercifully added an alternate mode that allows 3 lives per run. As you keep playing the game, you do earn permanent upgrades, so not all is lost if you happen to die a lot.
The gameplay itself features standard shooting and jumping, as well as grand boss battles and a very generous range of power-ups. The action looks absolutely frantic and perhaps too much for my frail heart, but if you like difficult action platformers, this sounds like it should fit the bill.
There’s also co-op, both online and local, so you can grab a friend and go shooting away along with them.
Have a look at the PS4 announcement trailer, which was released earlier today.
The game is a collaboration between Maryland-based Batterystaple Games and Massachusetts-based Fire Hose Games. It is published by Batterystaple Games. Here’s the official website.
Another platformer making its way to the PS4 in early 2018 is Owlboy, which you should check out if you haven’t already. More platform-based action can be found in Alter Army, which is being developed by two 15-year-olds.