Hyper Light Drifter Gets Console Release

New launch trailer heralds console release of the popular 2D adventure game, Hyper Light Drifter.

Starting tomorrow, fans of 2D hack-and-slash adventure games will be able to play Heart Machine’s highly lauded indie title Hyper Light Drifter from the comfort of their couch thanks to the game’s imminent release on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Kickstarter-backed adventure game originally launched for both PC and Mac earlier this year on March 31st. Hyper Light Drifter is heavily inspired by lead developer Alex Preston’s love for classic adventure games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, as well as the congenital heart disease which has affected Preston ever since he was a baby.

In Hyper Light Drifter, players control a swordsman known as the Drifter, and they guide him on a quest through an alien world to discover the cure to a mysterious disease which the Drifter is suffering from. Hyper Light Drifter was originally supposed to launch in 2014 (its Kickstarter campaign concluded in September, 2013), but an overwhelmingly positive response to the Kickstarter campaign (the game raised roughly $600,000 after setting an initial funding goal of only $27,000) combined with Preston’s constant health issues led to a delay which allowed Heart Machine to expand the game’s scope.

The console versions will include all of Hyper Light Drifter’s post-launch content updates, including a rebalancing of the game’s difficulty and the addition of co-op multiplayer. Hyper Light Drifter will launch for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on July 26. Versions for both the PlayStation Vita and Linux computers are also planned to launch at a later unspecified date.

You can watch the game’s new console launch trailer below.

For more on the latest Indie Obscura news, be sure to read about the recently unveiled Rick and Morty VR game from Owlchemy Labs, the upcoming Mac and Linux releases of Stardew Valley, and how Harebrained Schemes is reworking Necropolis based on player feedback. 

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