Developer Lab Zero Publisher 505 Games Format PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One Release 2018
Lab Zero’s debut game, the marvellous fighting game Skullgirls, was a classic of its genre – but it never broke out of its niche. The studio’s sophomore effort might just manage it, however: this is a platformer RPG heavily inspired by cult PS1 game
Valkyrie Profile, with a combat system heavily informed by Lab Zero’s fighting-game nous. While platforming, you’ll see only main character Ajna, but when enemies turn up for a pasting, she summons fellow party members who have, it turns out, been hanging out inside her subconscious. Each combatant is mapped to a face button, meaning extravagant multi-character combos are within reach of even the absolute novice. As Ajna levels up, she’ll expand her party, broadening her combat options further. After a thoroughly successful Indiegogo campaign all characters will be fully voiced, Secret
Of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta is on soundtrack duties, and the game is now also headed to Switch.