Earlier today, publisher Headup Games dropped an announcement trailer for Outbuddies, a nautical Metroidvania adventure that takes place in a fantasy world 36000 feet under the sea. The trailer, embedded below, shows off colorful areas, fast-paced gameplay, and a pretty intense soundtrack.
The video’s description sets the scene for Outbuddies, painting an intriguing picture of a lost, nefarious world hidden deep in the depths of the ocean:
“Enter Bahlam, a sunken city of the Old Gods, located deep in the South Atlantic Ocean. Following a shipwreck, adventurer and maritime archaeologist Nikolay Bernstein regains consciousness 36.000 feet under the sea. He’s severely wounded and unwillingly connected to a supernatural Buddy-unit. Searching for answers about his displacement our main protagonist digs deep into the lost Undercity, gradually realizing an ominous presence hollowing in its shadowed caverns.
On your journey home you will share your fate with a friendly tribe of mining creatures, the Wozan, who fear the Old Gods and strive to get back to the surface since their ancestors had been enslaved 5000 years ago. Some of them were able to flee and founded secret colonies deep inside the sunken ruins, others are still exploited by the hostile creatures that have overtaken the city since the Old Gods suddenly disappeared.”
Other exciting details about Outbuddies have emerged: there will be five distinct worlds, various abilities such as hacking, scanning, and telekinesis, and a “highly skill- and mechanics-based progression system,” which will test players in their combat and platforming abilities. Bosses are inspired by genre giants like Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and Dark Souls. The publisher also mentioned a local co-op mode which will lend itself nicely to cooperative speedrunning.
Outbuddies seems poised to take its genre by storm when it eventually releases. The announcement trailer and supplementary details are more than enough to get me on board–what about you guys?