Today, Humble Bundle announced that it has partnered with developer GUTS Department to publish its 16-bit styled action-platformer, Aegis Defenders.
In development for PC, Mac, and PS4, Aegis Defenders is the latest game to join the recently announced multi-platform funding and creative initiative “Presented by Humble Bundle.”
As you may know, Aegis Defenders first emerged on the scene back in 2014 via Kickstarter, where it was successfully funded, raising $145,815 USD across 4,077 backers.
According to GUTS Department, Aegis Defenders looks to reignite the magic and imagination of the classic 16-bit era titles by combining the best of old school flair with new school gameplay. The game is essentially a Metroidvania-style action platformer featuring Tower Defense combat.
In it, you play as Bart, a machinist capable of reviving lost technologies, and his granddaughter Clu, an ace hunter and trapsmith, as they search for the one thing that can save their village from an encroaching empire in the form of an ancient weapon known as Aegis.
Below, you can check out an overview of the game via the developer itself:
Humanity has been brought to the dark ages by a great calamity but remnants of a once highly advanced civilization still exist. In this world where control over lost technologies equals power and nations worship humanoid robots like gods, two explorers from a small village have just discovered Aegis, the legendary weapon said to have brought on the calamity. Although its true purpose remains mysterious, one thing is certain – powerful people will stop at nothing to obtain it.
Uncover a Gorgeous 16-bit World
The look and feel of Aegis Defenders is a love letter to an era of games when the sprite graphics of games like Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid, and the Legend of Zelda captured our imaginations. Featuring 16-bit inspired sprite visuals, every detail in the world of Aegis is painstakingly hand painted.
Defense Inspired Combat
Aegis Defenders features fast-paced, flexible combat fueled by defense mechanics. Players must utilize Bart’s ability to craft powerful defensive and offensive structures as well as Clu’s arsenal of firearms and traps to survive an onslaught of monsters coming from all directions. With the ability to combine and upgrade Bart and Clu’s abilities on the fly using our “Fusion System,” no two playthroughs are alike.
Dynamic Character Swapping
The dynamic character swapping feature allows players to switch between up to 4 characters at anytime. Survival will depend on the player’s ability to utilize the passive abilities of inactive characters just as effectively as active characters.
Cooperative & Tailored Gameplay
Too dangerous to go alone? Play the entire story campaign cooperatively with a friend using our drop-in/drop-out splitscreen co-op, or if you’re looking for a challenge, try testing your skill with our multiple difficulty tiers.
Aegis Defenders is slated to release sometime later this year on PC and Mac. It’s currently unclear if the game will also hit later this year on PS4, and whether or not Humble Bundle is helping at all publish it on said platform.