Sci-Fi Zelda-Like ‘XEL’ Shows Off Battles in New Teaser Trailer


Assemble Entertainment has released a brand new teaser for the upcoming sci-fi Zelda-like XEL. This top-down “love letter to the classic zeldais coming to Switch this summer, but developer Tiny Roar has launched a demo on Steam so people can see for themselves what it can do with the Zelda formula.

While a Switch demo doesn’t look like it’s on the way, we have a brand new teaser showcasing the game’s lightning-fast combat and bright and varied environments. You won’t easily get flamethrowers in a Zelda game, nor will you see some of the mechanical monstrosities that protagonist Reid has to research.

The game was shown off at the Indie Live Expo last weekend, and we have a summary of what the team shared, as well as what to expect from the game, from a press release:

In XEL, you take on the lead role as Reid, a traveler with amnesia stranded in a mysterious world where only a painfully deep dive into her subconscious will unlock the knowledge needed to find her way out. The ability to jump through space and time doesn’t hurt either! A declaration of love to the classic zelda Title, XEL fuses sci-fi fantasy with the familiarity of old-school dungeon exploration to create a beautifully enigmatic world filled with challenging puzzles, fiendish boss fights, and filled with hilarious characters.

The newly released demo, presented during Steam’s Indie Live Expo 2022, shows the first 30 minutes of the highly anticipated adventure, including an exciting look at the first mini-boss fight against the menacing “Overseer”. Along with Chap, her spunky and spirited sentient mechanical companion, Reid takes on armies of robotic enemies as well as her own cryptic past. What is her connection to this confusing world and how can she regain the lost memories?

Main features of XEL Contain:

– Old school meets new school: Retro meets modern in a classic top-down RPG game style and a well-crafted combat system consisting of various attacks, dodges, parries, and clever gadgets
– Adventures through space and time: Discover the mysterious world of XEL and uncover its dark past using mind-bending time travel to unlock the mysteries of the mysterious land
– A timeless audiovisual experience:
Composed by Gidon Wolff, XEL features a timeless soundtrack complemented by vibrant visuals, handcrafted by a passionate indie team

XEL will be releasing on Switch this summer, so hopefully we’ll hear about a more accurate release date soon. You can also check out the demo on the game’s Steam page, or read through Tiny Roar’s latest devlog, which covers some of the weapons, enemies, and the inspiration behind the game’s Warp Portals!

How do you think XEL is developing so far? Let us know in the comments. Sci-Fi Zelda-Like ‘XEL’ Shows Off Battles in New Teaser Trailer

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