Higher Eclectic Ground has announced that Troglobytes Games’ totally radical rogue-lite shoot-em-up HyperParasite will be released sometime next year, with a free playable prototype of the game available now on itch.io. The game melds 80s pop-culture and body snatching mechanics together to create a snazzy dystopia filled with procedurally created levels and other rogue-lite mechanics.
It’s the 80’s all over again. Only this time, the human race has more than an obnoxious pop culture to contend with. With World War III nearing its demise, Earth only just begins to catch its breath when it is threatened by yet another menace. Unlike the preposterous mullets of its inhabitants however, this one’s invisible – a parasitic organism capable of making hosts of unsuspecting human beings, consuming what’s left of their souls and wreaking unfathomable havoc.
And it’s spreading. With a vengeance.
Martial laws have been declared to make way for a global hunt, battle-hardened law enforcers have made allies of the most degenerate of criminals, while the rest of the world is paralysed with paranoia; yet who can be trusted? Who can see it, let alone destroy it? That’s for them to worry about. For you are the enemy.
You are the organism with a mission. You are, HyperParasite.
“The prototype will progressively be updated with playable characters, collectibles and an assortment of game-play features that we as a team will be mulling over henceforth,” States Lead Developer Luciano Iurino, addressing retro-SHMUP enthusiasts and game developers alike. “We’ll naturally need your feedback more than ever during this period; being avid users of the platform ourselves, itch.io is the perfect means to provide you with early access.”
While the prototype is available now on itch.io, the team hopes to have the game out on Steam Early Access afterwards, as well as a pending PC and console release next year. And hey, with Super Mario Odyssey taking “capturing” to the next level, perhaps we could see a grittier side of possessing your foes (The 80s style seems totally tubular too). Check out the gnarly trailer of the September update above, and stay tuned for more news here on Gaming Trend.