Hyper Light Drifter sequel is a beautiful 3D roguelite with co-op

Just a few months after the release of Solar Ash, Heart Machine has revealed a sequel to the beloved pixel art action RPG. Hyper Light Derivative. Moving away from its predecessor, Hyper Light Breaker is a 3D third-person action game in a roguelite format, retaining the speed and color of its predecessor, but replacing pixels with polygons.

Hyper Light Breaker is set in Overgrowth, which is a “vast, ever-changing world with huge, open biomes and deep labyrinths”. Being a roguelite this means environments will be randomized, but there is a hub-like ‘Deal’ that becomes more populated over the course of the game (think Hades, or Spelunky 2, or… most roguelites).

The fight seems to aim for something as fast and fluid as Solar Ash, albeit with a focus on RPG-style building creation: there’s a “wide arsenal” of weapons and items to discover. The player character has a hoverboard and glider at their disposal, and can also wall-jump, to better move through these “vast” environments with speed and grace. The Steam page also promises online co-op play in addition to single player.

The trailer above is light on gameplay footage, but the little glimpses we get definitely look like the studio behind Hyper Light Drifter and Solar Ash making a game that adopts the best elements of both. Hyper Light Breaker will come to Steam Early Access in Spring 2023.

In the meantime, you can try Solar Ash, which scored 70 points in our review. “Despite its strengths, Solar Ash cannot skate free from the gravity of its influences”, Sam Greer I wroteremembering that, regardless of these flaws, the movement is superb.

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