One to Watch: Hyper Light Dirfter

Yesterday, Alex Preston took to Kickstarter to pitch a promising 2D pixelated adventure described as a mash-up of the best parts of Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. He set a modest goal of $27,000 and less than 24 hours later, Hyper Light Drifter is at $54,000 and rapidly climbing. It’s safe to say gamers would flippin’ love to play a mash-up of Zelda and Diablo.

After you read Preston’s pitch, you’ll begin to understand why Drifter more than doubled its Kickstarter goal in less than a day:

“Visions for this game have been fluttering in my skull for ages; something dark and fantastic, with giant forests to navigate, huge floating structures to explore, deep crumbling ruins to loot, massive throngs of enemies to rend, and behemoths both flesh and mechanical to overcome. I want it all to be as beautiful as possible, forging color with the dark and eerie wastes and intimidating landscapes. It plays like the best parts of A Link to the Past and Diablo, evolved: lightning fast combat, more mobility, an array of tactical options, more numerous and intelligent enemies, and a larger world with a twisted past to do it all in.”

What does this fantastical vision look like in action? Like a love letter to old school gaming. See for yourself below:

Head on over to the official Hyper Light Drifter Kickstarter page if you’re interested in chipping in. Methinks Mr. Preston is going to have to come up with some new stretch goals.

Hyper Light Drifter is currently planned as a PC exclusive with a release in mid 2014.

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2 Comments on One to Watch: Hyper Light Dirfter


On September 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I like this it looks like a smart game. old schoolishness nice work.

Rachel Parrish

On September 21, 2013 at 7:36 am

Oh my lord. I. CANT. WAIT.