Extremely OK Games, the developer of Celeste, has teased its next game and it’s a pixel art, 2D “explor-action” game called Earthblade.
Extremely OK Games’ Maddy Thorson released a blog post today all about Earthblade and the team is referring to the announcement as a “vibe reveal.” The reason the team went with “vibe reveal” is because it “didn’t want to reveal much about the game or its story yet,” but it thinks this reveal will establish “the world and feeling of being in it.”Earthblade Teaser Poster, Photo Credit: Extremely Ok Games
The vibes, as it were, come by way of a new teaser poster, which you can view above, and a track from the game’s soundtrack, which is being composed by Celeste composer Lena Raine. You can listen to that track here.
Thorson says the “air of mystery” surrounding this vibe reveal works well for the game, which is why Extremely OK Games has opted to save details about the game’s story and more for a “big reveal that will hopefully blow your socks off.” As for what is known, however, it took the team four different prototypes to “find Earthblade,” according to the blog post.
It’s not mentioned in Thorson’s blog post, but if you click the link to their teaser poster embedded in the post, it takes you to a page that calls Earthblade “a 2D explor-action game in a seamless pixel art world.” It also says it’s coming in 20XX — at least we know it’s coming this century.
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The team originally hoped for the game to be released sooner than five years from their last release, which Thorson remarks is how long it took for Celeste to come out after TowerFall, but “now it sounds optimistic to say out loud that Earthblade could be released within five short years of Celeste.” Extremely OK Games doesn’t know how long it will take for Earthblade to come out, but it does know that “it will take as long as it takes…and that it will take a long time.”
“I can see the general shape of it, and I feel really good about where it’s going,” Thorson writes. “Now it’s our job to turn this ephemeral, pristine mind-object into a real, imperfect and human actual-object. We’ll be here, slowly grinding away at that task every day. We really hope that at the end of this, some of you will enjoy what we make.”
While waiting for Earthblade to release, check out this surprise semi-sequel to Celeste and then read our thoughts on the original Celeste in IGN’s review of the game. If you haven’t played Celeste yet and are planning to jump in, head to IGN’s Celeste Wiki Guide for tips, tricks, walkthroughs, and more.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. He loves Celeste and is very excited for Earthblade. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.