Unspeakable Pixels and DANGEN Entertainment have announced the release date of Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials on the Nintendo Switch, and that date is October 15th, 2020.
The game stars a lonely barbarian that finds himself facedown in an abyss. Luckily, he is not exactly alone! Together with his best friend, Pip, a mysteriously luminous bat, the barbarian makes his way through the abyss fighting monsters, avoiding traps, and discovering eldritch secrets.
What Exactly is Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials?
Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials is a narrative-driven, 2D action adventure with an emphasis on puzzles and a heavy dose of snark and humor. Players choose one of two barbarian characters at the beginning of the game and dive (literally) head first into a denizen-filled, dungeon-crawl through the shadowy depths of an eldritch abyss.
But not by choice!
They must use their barbarian fighting skills to fend off foes and make use of their magical bat buddy, Pip, to light up the way and solve puzzles to advance through the massive underworld. Along the way, they will interact with a comical cast of characters through dialogue selection and uncover the secrets behind their strange predicament. Players will explore hundreds of secret-filled rooms, fight big bosses, gather companions for their party and use the powers of Pip to solve riddles and escape the peril of the eldritch abyss.
Batbarian features 400+ rooms of exploration, 20+ hours of evolving gameplay, 10+ bosses, 60+ minutes of pumping music, and 30,000+ words of dialogue to explore. The game includes RPG elements with a level-up mini-game system and multiple endings based on player choices and actions.
In addition to attacking and jumping, players can use the right analogue stick to aim and throw various fruit that Pip will chase and react to, creating a deep element of puzzle solving in the game. For example, if players throw sticky fruit on a wall near a magical switch, Pip will chase the fruit and spend a few seconds eating it while activating the switch. Players must then progress through the puzzle before Pip finishes eating the fruit and deactivates the switch. NPC characters will join the player, creating an added element of action and strategy to the gameplay.
“I am extremely excited to finally get to share our game with players all around the world. Like many other indie game stories, Batbarian has been quite the journey (of 4 years), and I’m really proud that we’ve stuck to our original vision. This is a massive game. I can’t wait to see if players can find all the secrets and hear their reactions to the twists and surprises we’ve put into the game,” said Frederic Tarabout, lead game designer at Unspeakable Pixels. “Thanks to everyone who’s believed in us, supported us, and helped us bring the world of Batbarian to life. I’ve dreamt of creating games since I was 6, and it’s finally coming true, thanks to you!”
- Gain new skills for your barbarian and elemental powers for Pip, the (magic) bat!
- A narrative-driven metroidvania with dialogue choices and plenty of humor and snark.
- Big numbers! 400+ rooms, 20+ hours of evolving gameplay, 10+ bosses, 60+ minutes of music and almost 30,000 words of text that a barbarian would never bother to read!
- RPG elements with a level-up minigame.
- Contains more fruit throwing than probably any other game.
- Companions that join you in your quest and help you out in fights.
- Multiple endings based on your choices and actions.
- The thrown fruit are NOT wasted, they are eaten by the bat (who is magic).
- A ton of secrets and hidden loot just about everywhere.
- The (magic) bat has a whopping FIVE different squeaking sounds!
- Fewer repetitive jokes than this description has.
This looks to be an amazing adventure filled with challenge, discovery, and fun! Will you take a dive into the abyss on October 15, 2020? Or are you too scared? Mwahaha!
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