Infernax announcement trailer Berzerk Studio The Arcade Crew Nintendo Switch Just Shapes & Beats Zelda II Castlevania gore retro action sidescroller PC Xbox PlayStation 4 PS

Zelda II: Link’s Adventure and Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest are the black sheep of their respective series’ early history, but developer Berzerk Studio and publisher The Arcade Crew are excited to tap into both for gory retro action adventure Infernax, which will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC in Q1 2022. The premise of the game is that acclaimed knight Alcedor returns home to discover unholy magic has festered across the land, so he goes on an “epic side-scrolling quest” with his mace and shield to set things right.

Here’s a little bit more about what to expect from Infernax on Nintendo Switch and its other platforms:

Alcedor gains experience and gold vital for obtaining powerups as he slaughters foes, leveling up stats and earning new skills and weapons to help paint the screen red with blocky splatters of blood. Morality-testing decisions made during his quest prompt consequences later in the adventure and influence which of the game’s multiple endings players witness. Infernax’s open world-style design is packed with secrets awaiting discovery by its most kickass players, offering a satisfying reward for those skilled enough to endure a brutal challenge.

The Infernax announcement trailer is age-restricted for its violence, which is hilarious for a game that has pretty so-so graphics in the first place, even as far as 8-bit titles go. But a guy’s eye does explode out of his head, so there’s that. (Perhaps they were tapping into Bionic Commando energy.) In any case, if you appreciate old-school sidescrollers with a bite, especially ones with open-world elements, keep this one on your radar for next year. Berzerk Studio already has one big hit under its belt with Just Shapes & Beats.

[Source: PR]

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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