We’re excited to finally announce the release date for Astalon: Tears of the Earth, which arrives on PS4 on June 3rd! We also have a brand new trailer that reveals a more in-depth look at the world of Astalon and a preview clip from the upcoming Arrangements album.
Astalon: Tears of the Earth is a 2D action platformer that follows three unique warriors on a perilous mission to save their city in a post-apocalyptic world. Having made a pact with the Death Titan, Epimetheus, the characters are empowered to grow stronger each time they die and must overcome the mysterious Serpent Tower in search of answers. Players can switch between the three heroes and must use their unique skills to take down monsters, solve puzzles, find artifacts, and progress through the game, all while discovering the intriguing backstory behind the Titan, the tower, and the heroes.
As the first foray into the universe of Astalon, Tears of the Earth is the long-awaited new title from Matt Kap (Castle in the Darkness, Binding of Isaac) and Jon Lepage at LABS Works, featuring character design. from the famous manga Ryusuke Mita. (Half-dragon).
Meet the heroes
Changing characters and using their special abilities is essential to progress in Astalon. Players will need to decide which character performs best for each difficult situation, whether it’s a puzzle, platform situation, swarm of enemies, or a boss.
Arias, the fighter
Arias is a fast, close-range character who stands out with his sword. He starts the game with better defense than his allies and can use his sword to cut through the venous gates of the tower. He’s a young fighter who’s ready to jump head first into whatever gets in his way. As the son of the warrior named Silas, the bearer of the mighty Crystal Sword, he does his best to live up to his father’s legacy.
Algus, the magician
Algus is a wizard who can use his magic to shoot magic bolts through walls and activate magic switches scattered around the tower. He made a pact with Epimetheus, the Titan of Death, to receive the power of reincarnation. He can use Epimetheus ‘power to return after his death, much to Epimetheus’ annoyance. What other powers does he have?
Kyuli, the thief
Kyuli fights using a long-range bow and her light weight allows her to leap from walls to reach greater heights. She is a childhood friend of Arias, who once depended on tricks and theft for survival. She was welcomed by the village of Arias as a young orphan and, over time, changed her outlook and habits.
Death is only the beginning
One of the unique aspects of Astalon is that it rewards defeated players by allowing them to exchange collected orbs for various skills and upgrades when they reincarnate. Improve the defense or attack stats of your heroes. Purchase a relic that grants the power to gather fallen orbs, reveals secret locations, or prolongs invincibility. Players can play at their own pace, exploring all the way and building up their characters’ strengths, or use risky methods to force their way furiously through the tower.
In addition to the power-up pacts with Epimetheus, players must explore and collect a variety of artifacts to progress in the game, such as the Sword of Mirrors, which will grant their characters new abilities to explore further in the game. tower. Use the campfires to record your progress, switch characters, and uncover details about the heroes’ past. Astalon offers hundreds of coins to discover, hours of challenging exploration with a plethora of coins to unlock and secrets to reward the most curious players.
Astalon draws a lot of inspiration from specific games from the ’80s and’ 90s, reminiscent of the days when you could have traded tricks and secrets with your friends in the school hallway. But it manages to be totally different in terms of feel – the sum of all the underlying gaming systems, both old school and modern.
“While it looks like normal fantasy setting, it’s actually a deep, post-apocalyptic world, with a lot of inspiration drawn from things like Mad Max and Fist of the North Star. There are also things loosely based on Greek gods and mythological creatures, something that I have been interested in since childhood, ”says lead developer Matt Kap.
Aesthetically, Astalon reflects the 8-bit era in both visual and sound terms. “I play in two bands on tour: Mute (melodic punk rock) and Zapovid (Ukrainian rock), so composing music for Astalon was very important to me. Although the music in the game is done in an 8-bit style, the arrangements have always been designed as fully orchestrated or rock tracks. We will be releasing an album arranged with a selection of music from the game, but performed with greater fidelity. It feels good to be able to release something musical while my bands touring is on hiatus due to the pandemic.
Astalon: Tears of the Earth launches for PS4 on June 3.