Renegade Kid, the developer behind Mutant Mudds and Moon Chronicles, announced that they are working on a new ‘Metroidvania’ (read: action-platformer) title for the 3DS eShop called Xeodrifter.
Renegade Kid’s Jools Watsham started a developer diary for the game which will be updated every Sunday night/Monday morning on GoNintendo. The first entry describes where the idea for Xeodrifter came from and what kind of game it is.
The seeds of an idea were planted when… well, let’s have Jools himself take up the story:
We were working on Treasurenauts – and it was progressing really well – then, one day I got a bee in my bonnet to make a [Metroidvania] game … it started when I mocked up a 2D demake of Moon Chronicles for fun a while back. It came together much better than I expected, and I really liked how the main little space man turned out. I let that mock-up sit dormant for a few months while we finished up the real Moon Chronicles and also continued to work on Treasurenauts, but the idea of the 2D space game came back to the front of my mind one day.
As for what the little space man’s motive is in this game, Jools tells us:
Xeodrifter is the story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a mission of exploration. In this particular installment of the story, we join our nomad as he embarks on the exploration of small cluster of four planets in the omega sector, after a collision with a rogue asteroid damages his warp drive. A scan of the neighboring planets reveals a number of energy signatures on the planets that may provide the special material needed to fix his warp drive and get back to cruising through the cosmos.
Jools also included a QR code which you can scan with your 3DS camera to view a 3D screenshot of the game.
You can read the full entry in the developer’s diary at GoNintendo here.