The Messenger is a new game from indie developer Sabotage, and features a hybrid of 8 and 16-bit graphics featuring a ninja, proper midi board music, and even silly bosses.
In today’s gaming climate it’s easy to be overlooked if you’re a small developer, especially with all the big budget AAA games that get all the attention.
Well, that doesn’t deter just about anyone considering the success stories of many indies over the last several years. Developer Sabotage is looking to jump in that boat with a new Ninja action platformer that instantly brings back memories of such classics like Ninja Gaiden and Shinobi.
The new game will feature everything that made those games great, while implementing many modern features. Such as character progression in the way of a skill tree, new gear, and… silly bosses?
Well, it’s clear the game doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s just the kind of hook to get us interested. Sure, it looks like something we would see back in the day that was going for all seriousness, but that extra bit of humor looks awesome.
A unique feature the game has is the ability to jump through what looks like portals and go from the classic 8-Bit era and jump into the 16-bit era on the fly. What that means for gameplay other than a graphics boost remains to be seen. But the Metroid/Vania style gameplay will have all sorts of people excited to get their hands on it, us included.
No release date or specific platforms outside of “PC and Consoles” have been given just yet, but we do know the game will release sometime in 2018. So keep your eyes peeled as more information becomes available or check out the official website.
You can check out some screenshots of the game below.