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Gorgeous Sci-fi Zelda-like XEL Announced for PC and Consoles in 2022

Publisher Assemble Entertainment today unveiled the latest title to join its award-winning roster: XEL. Developed by Tiny Roar, XEL is a vibrant sci-fi “Zelda-like” that will head to PC and consoles in 2022. In the game, players will explore a lush, vibrant world filled with gorgeous — and occasionally deadly — biomes. Solve intricate puzzles, explore mysterious dungeons, and battle merciless robots and exotic wildlife. Inspired by titles like the Zelda series, XEL will take players through an epic and heartwarming story filled with fantastical settings and memorable characters set to an emotionally powerful soundtrack from composer Gidon Wolff.

XEL | Announcement Trailer (EN)

XEL follows an amnesiac protagonist named Reid, who finds herself shipwrecked on an enigmatic world with no memory of her previous life. Players will join Reid as she sets out to get to the bottom of the mystery behind this bizarre land filled with secrets, puzzles, and a not-so-stable sense of time. Explore a beautiful overworld dotted with challenging dungeons in a  classic, top-down, 3D action-adventure format in a rich, vivid palette. During her quest Reid will meet charming, enduring characters, engage in thrilling combat, and of course, find and upgrade a whole bevy of nifty weapons, items, gadgets, and moves — some of which may help her jump through space and time.

XEL will be featured during the “Assemble: Spotlight On” which will kick off Thursday, August 26th, at 12.30 BST/13.30 CEST on the RocketBeans Twitch channel. The showcase will be a 90-minute spotlight on Assemble’s portfolio featuring XEL, Endzone – World Apart: Prosperity, Plan B From Outer Space: A Bavarian Odyssey, Sphere – Flying Cities, ITORAH, Super Catboy, Orbital Bullet, Ultimate ADOM – Caverns of Chaos and Squadron 51. XEL, Lacuna, and Super Catboy, are also part of this year’s Indie Arena Booth, the biggest shared indie developer booth in the world. 

Key Features of XEL

  • Sci-fi Dungeon Diving: The world of XEL features a vast, extensive overworld and challenging, Zelda-like dungeons to explore.
  • A Deep Combat System: Become proficient at using a variety of attacks and combos, while dodging, and parrying to tackle and take out foes.
  • Gadgets & Guns: Master and upgrade your weapons, shield, and gadgets to smash your foes and open up new areas to explore.
  • Deep Lore and a Deeper Mystery: What exactly happened to this world, and who is responsible? Piece together a captivating story and dive into the legends behind the cryptic history XEL.
  • Spacetime? Not a Problem: Unlock special abilities that allow Reid to bend the rules of space and time, grantingher access to previously impassable areas and opening up new ways to defeat difficult enemies.

The entire Assemble line-up will be available in the gamescom now content hub and will serve as the home base for premieres, games, and events. During the event, new demos of Super Catboy, Roadwarden, Squadron 51 and Plan B From Outer Space: A Bavarian Odyssey will be available. 

Developed by Tiny Roar and published by Assemble Entertainment, XEL will launch Q2 2022 on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

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