Skellboy is kind of like Zelda, if Link was a skeleton who looted enemy body parts to replace his own. It’s coming next year to PC, Mac, Linux, and Switch.
Skellboy makes no bones about its oddball premise. In a world where the bad guy has resurrected the dead, it’s up to one resurrected, skeletal hero to save the world. This strange idea is paired with a strange art style, blending 3D levels with flat, two-dimensional character models. The result is something truly unique, as you’ll find in the trailer below.
Here’s what the game’s about, as explained by the publisher:
Life was peaceful in the Cubold Kingdom until the king’s evil court magician got dumped by the princess. With his heart broken and his rage fueled, he called upon the evil spirits to resurrect the dead and the kingdom’s long forgotten monstrosities. What he doesn’t realize in his fury is that he accidentally summoned an ancient hero as well… Skippy! Travel across the beautifully rendered kingdom of Cubold and take full advantage of your resurrected, skeletal body! Swap out body parts to acquire new abilities during your adventure or pick up a new weapon to vanquish the evil magician’s lackeys.
Skellboy is being developed by German studio Umaiki Games. The studio is self-publishing the game on PC, Mac, and Linux. Meanwhile, on Nintendo Switch, the game is being published by American studio Fabraz, who you might know for developing Slime-San and Planet Diver. No release date has been attached to the game at the moment, but you can expect to play it sometime in mid-2019.
For more information on the game, check out its official website here.