Announcement: Aegis Defenders

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Aegis Defenders, a 2D platformer that blends Metroidvania combat with tower defense is coming to playstation 4. Take on wild beasts, ruthless soldiers, and ancient gods in Guts’ classic 16-bit era mashup.

Every now and then you will come across a stunning new game trailer and are absolutely blown away by it’s look, atmosphere, sound and a million other aspects. Aegis Defenders is such a game! The game had its start as a project for USC’s notable Intermediate Games class and later found it’s way to kickstarter. The game is being developed by GUTS Department, an independent games developer which aims to reignite the magic and imagination of classic 16-bit era titles by combining the best of old school flair with new school gameplay. The team is currently developing Aegis Defenders, due for release in 2017 and it looks gorgeous!

Aegis is essentially a “genre-mashup” of action-platformers and tower defense games. In the game you will be playing 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 – an ancient weapon known as Aegis. Check out the game’s beautiful announcement trailer below – which is a recreation of the original Kickstarter pitch video using all new gameplay footage.

Looks good, right? The game has it’s own vibe and look, – especially Aegis’ visuals is what’s getting me hyped, it looks stunning – It remains to be seen how the game will actually play. The game is supposed to release this winter and fans eager to see the game could get a first look and some hands on time with the game at the Indie Megabooth at PAX West or Indie Arena Booth at Gamescom this year. More information on the game’s world and gameplay can be found below. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below!

The world of Aegis Defenders:

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.

Explore:
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.

Build:
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.

Defend:
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.

Together:
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.

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Ain't no thing like me, except me. I am the biggest half behind this website and love to write about my deep love for fighting games, (J)RPG's and Destiny. Really do not like Call of Duty and absolutely love pizza.