Hi all! We’re excited to present the latest trailer for Smelter and announce its release on PlayStation 4 on April 22.
In Smelter, players take on the role of Eve, who sets out on a journey in search of Adam and meets a mysterious being named “Smelter”. After quickly convincing, Eve merges with Smelter, gaining incredible power, and agrees to help Smelter expand his empire in a joint effort to find out where Adam is and take back what is theirs. The game takes place in a rotation between the stages of strategy and action, punctuated by cinematic sequences, all wrapped in a wacky narrative.
Lead the Foundry and its loyal army of Zirm forces in a top-down strategic conquest
Players take control of the Foundry in a top-down strategic conquest as he and his Zirm forces attempt to expand his empire by completing quests and facing an attack from enemies determined to stop him. In the stages of the aerial map, players control the foundry, which can fly, shoot and destroy enemies and obstacles. Foundry can also command its obedient troops to expand territory, build structures, and unleash attack units against enemy monsters in various regions. Gameplay is designed with shooting and control interfaces, adding modern tutorials to help both seasoned gamers and new to the genre.
Immerse yourself in thrilling action-platform stages
Going deeper into the Lands of Rumbly, once the player completes certain NPC-led quests and fortified key locations on the map, players will access new and exciting action-platform stages where they control Eve. imbued with Smelter on foot and face off against the bad guys. . Perform an array of melee attacks, jumps, dashes, wall grabs, foundry special attacks, and maneuvers to complete stages and advance the story. Stages contain secret trial stages where players are rewarded by completing short levels under given conditions, such as time trial, not getting hit, not being seen and more.
Melt the elements
One of the main modern features of Smelter is the elemental skill tree system that grants Eve and Smelter special abilities on land and in the air. Perform punch combos and rock shield counters with Gurabi’s earth and gravity-based skills, unleash shock-infused spinning jump attacks with Eremagu’s electrified abilities, and unleash shooting attacks at long range with Nutoro’s unstable but deadly elemental skill set. By unlocking new abilities, players can reach new areas and approach stages with different approaches!
Capture the 16-bit sensation – Team foundry in Osaka, Japan
Brian Otten, one of the main developers of X Plus games in Osaka, Japan, shared his thoughts on developing their passion project as a team of internationals.
“Smelter is our first title since we got together as a team in 2018 and it’s our vision of a combination that we haven’t seen much in recent years: a top-down strategy, an action platform in a style. 16-bit, “Otten said.
“When planning Smelter we made it a priority to give our own idea of top down strategy and action platform genres, we definitely took inspiration from classics like Actraiser and the Mega Man series just because that these were the games that many of us loved to play and still love to play, ”says Otten. “And while that may explain some of the inspirations for game design choices, we think Smelter ultimately became a combination of the personalities on our team and what each of us love to read, listen to, play and watch.”
To that end, Smelter features hand-drawn pixel art reminiscent of the 16-bit era, a rock soundtrack of Evader, and main themes from Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae from Osaka, as well as a modern interface.
“The majority of us were (and still are) foreigners living in Osaka,” says Otten. “The game development community in Japan can tend to be quite connected, especially among expats, which makes it a great place to find those with similar goals. We were all on the hunt for something new and we eventually found ourselves together at X Plus, which has a long history with collectible action figures, and they were willing to give us a chance to pursue something we wanted to do. . We are excited to share this project with players around the world. “
Check out Smelter on PS4 on April 22.