Out by the End of the Year
French developer Magic Design Studios has just released a new gameplay trailer for its upcoming action-adventure platformer, Unruly Heroes.
The trailer shows off several new environments for the game, as well as new enemies and boss battles. In addition to getting our first looks at “Skull Canyon,” “Taoist Temple,” and “Flaming Mountain,” we also see Unruly Heroes’ focus on character-based traversal mechanics. Wu Kong, the small monkey, can use his staff to create a bridge of light for him and his companions. Ki Hong the pig, meanwhile, can inflate himself like a balloon, allowing him to float upwards into the air. Sand Monk can smash apart pillars, and “master” Shifu can send balls of light to break faraway scaffolding.
You can check out the full trailer below.
In addition to new gameplay details, the trailer revealed that Unruly Heroes will be releasing sometime during Q4 2018.
Based in Montpellier, France, Magic Design Studios was founded in 2015 by ex-Ubisoft talent. Across its core team, Magic Design Studios boasts experience that spans famed franchises like Rayman, Splinter Cell, and Assassin’s Creed. Despite its wide range of past influences, Unruly Heroes perhaps most resembles the recent Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends games, both in terms of its watercolor-like visual style and its fast-paced action-platforming gameplay.
I had the chance to play Unruly Heroes at Paris Games Week 2017, and I came away impressed by what I had played. In addition to supporting drop-in, drop-out 4-player co-op, the entire game can be played in single-player by switching between the four different heroes. The game also has a surprisingly fun Super Smash Bros.-like PvP component, complete with its own set of maps and modes.
At Paris Games Week, I also had the chance to speak with the game’s community manager about the game’s story and influences, as well as about Magic Design Studios’ aspirations and future projects. The studio has recently confirmed that they have two unannounced titles in the works—though they remain nameless and are seemingly still in early development.
Unruly Heroes releases Q4 of this year on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. For more on Unruly Heroes and Magic Design Studios, stay tuned to The Punished Backlog.