Hyper Light Drifter Release Set for Holiday 2014 (Beta in June)

In September, developer Alex Preston pitched Hyper Light Drifter, a 2D pixelated adventure described as a mash-up of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. He asked for $27,000 on Kickstarter. Gamers responded by contributing a whopping $645,000.

It’s safe to say we would flippin’ love to play a mash-up of Zelda and Diablo. And now we know when we’ll get to.

In an update on the Hyper Light Drifter Kickstarter page, Preston said the PC version is up first, and a playable beta will be available for backers in June. Full release is penciled in for holiday season 2014, with console launch to follow “shortly after.”

If you’re a backer of the project, you might recall Preston originally pegged June as the release date for the full game. That was when he was asking for $27,000 and before he got nearly 25-times as much.

“We’ve spent these past months working incredibly hard – on weekends and beyond – scheduling, planning and budgeting how we can best utilize the resources you, the backers, have so graciously given us to create the game everyone deserves,” Preston states. “The original approximation of a June release was for a game developed with just myself and Beau Blyth, something much smaller; I would have been creating art for the next six months, with much rougher edges and animation. Since we have been given this remarkable opportunity, the project has evolved, requires polish and finesse that I was not originally afforded. We are able to make the experience whole, into the full vision I had wanted it to be.”

Fine by me. It’s not like he’ll be releasing half a game that will require twice as much money to complete. *Broken Agecough.*

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