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Blazing Legion: Ignition sets the mech genre alight
If the shots above haven’t clearly illuminated the kind of game this newly announced title is, then perhaps creator Ethan Redd’s own introduction will help: “Blazing Legion: Ignition is an introspective first-person bullet hell about seven-storey tall mecha and consequences. If the action genre is rock ’n’ roll, this game is black metal.” Sounds pretty cool, right? In motion it’s a flurry of lights that’s hard to take your eyes away from. The first-person mech swerves and slides through the sky, dishing out a hail of bullets. It looks like you’ll constantly be busy, not given one moment to breathe. Redd explains the hectic pace: “From narrative to visual design Blazing Legion is about the feeling of facing insurmountable odds and still coming out swinging, and I’m definitely trying to channel some of that energy.”
The visual style really stands out – the intensity of colour is like nothing else in games at the moment, even if it does harken back to older games. And that’s no bad thing; it’s all down to Redd’s inspirations. “Mid ’90s Sega’s output is definitely my biggest influence overall, in both design and visual aesthetics,” he explains. “I love mechanical games where the story is in the verbs and atmosphere; there’s a lot of wonderful storytelling possibilities in ‘game-y’ games that’s often overlooked.”
Despite the emphasis on action, lots of action, there’s a story worth seeing here too. You will be filling the boots of Vana, a rebel fighting to spark an all-out revolt. “An ex-member of the titular Blazing Legion elite fighting force, Vana’s ungodly skill and training place her at the forefront of the Insurrection, despite her turncoat status and the distrust of her comrades,” Redd tells us.
When’s it out, you ask? The plan is Autumn this year, though which platforms it’s hitting is still TBC.
“If the action genre is rock ’n’ roll, this game is black metal”
This is one of the most striking games on the horizon, with or without giant robots.
Protagonist Vana seems like one real badass, and maybe just a tad grumpy. A good combination in a fighter?
Pretty much everything that happens in this game is going to demand your attention. Just look at it.