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First Trailer for The Messenger Boasts Retro-Inspired Gameplay

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Sabotage Studio has released the first teaser trailer for The Messenger, a retro-inspired platformer/Metroidvania.

Described as “an open love letter to the good old retro-console games from the late 80s and early 90s,” The Messenger looks to be an interesting mix of two retro genres. The game initially presents itself as an 8-bit action platformer before revealing an “epic time travelling tale” and evolving into a 16-bit Metroidvania “packed with replay value and deadpan humour.”

The Messenger won Best Gameplay Design and Best Music at the 2017 Montreal Independent Games Festival. The game’s chiptune soundtrack, composed by Eric “Rainbowdragoneyes” Brown, is eerily reminiscent of NES tracks.

Sabotage, an independent developer based in Quebec, Canada, was founded by creative director Thierry Boulanger and producer Martin Brouard in April 2016. Boulanger has dreamed of the game’s idea since childhood, and pitched the game to Brouard as “the world’s best 8-bit ninja.” The Messenger is scheduled to release later this year on PC and consoles.

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Rhain discovered a long time ago that mixing one of his passions (video games) with the other (writing) might be a good idea, and now he’s been stuck in the industry for over four years with no way of escaping. His favourite games are those with deep and captivating narratives: while it would take far too long to list them all, some include L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain abilities by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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