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TEAM17 has announced that the Planet Alpha release date will be September 4 on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Switch. Planet Alpha is an atmospheric sci-fi puzzle platformer, which doesn’t only look good but also looks like a lot of fun. It’s like No Man’s Sky and Rayman had a baby.

Who? What?

Team17 is best known as the studio behind Worms and Yooka-Laylee, but they are also an indie games label. They’ve published titles like Overcooked, Yoku’s Island Express, and now, Planet Alpha. A fresh sci-fi puzzle/platformer developed since 2013 by Denmark-based Planet Alpha ApS. The  release date has just been announced, and we’ll be able to play the game when it comes out on September 4 on all major platforms.

While it bills itself as a puzzle platformer, there’s something awfully tense about Planet Alpha, which I suppose is where the “atmospheric” part comes in. In the trailer that was published as part of the release date announcement, we see the player character running and jumping through strange, alien fields and dark, glowing caverns, away from extraterrestrial drones and walkers that wouldn’t look out of place in a War of the Worlds adaptation.

Gameplay

It’s all rendered with 3D graphics, but is itself a 2D platformer, which adds a lot of visual depth without making it difficult to navigate the space. This also adds a feeling of powerlessness that contributes to that tension. Being unable to make full use of the sprawling landscapes seems like it’ll make you feel on-edge and restricted. But in a good way that compliments the atmosphere, when you roam planet and control the day/night-cycle.

This is all speculative, as we currently only have trailers to work off of. We’ll find out how it all works out when it releases on September 4 for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. In the meantime check out this E3 2018 gameplay footage and fall in love with Planet Alpha like we did.

Read more at the official Planet Alpha website.

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Jorge Wolters Gregório

Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for well over a decade and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers