Upcoming Metroidvania ‘Rusted Moss’ Partners With Playism For February 2023 Launch

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For indie developers, getting a publisher is very important to get their game to the masses, especially when it comes to marketing and porting the game to different platforms. Japanese indie publisher Playism, for example, has been diligently highlighting some of the world’s quirkiest indies.

Playism has just announced that it will localise and publish Rusted Moss, the physics-based metroidvania that replaces double jumps with a bouncy grappling hook. The game is co-developed by Singaporean and Norwegian developers, faxdoc, happysquared, and sunnydaze for PC in February 2023.

Like a modern take on Bionic Commando, players will learn to master the physics-driven bungee movement tech to skillfully navigate interconnected environments while blasting away at foes in 360-degree combat.

As a twin-stick shooter, Rusted Moss emphasises tight and precise gunplay. So while swinging around the levels, players must also quickly switch between their arsenal of weapons to best suit their playstyle and situation.

Along the way, they will uncover lost shrines and abandoned computer stations to learn about old secrets and forgotten tales. Rusted Moss is brought to life by a beautifully melancholic retro aesthetic, which comes alive through moody pixels and stylish animation.

A Tokyo Game Show (TGS) exclusive demo of Rusted Moss will be free to play for all participants who attend TGS 2022. Participants who clear the demo within 15 minutes will be gifted a special Rusted Moss pin badge.

As for the rest of Playism’s offerings, the publisher will bring Valkyrie of Phantasm, the aerial action game filled with barrages of bullets set in the Touhou Project universe, to Steam Early Access on October 23.

The newest game by Touhou Sky Arena developer Areazero, Valkyrie of Phantasm was previously only available at Touhou fan conventions but will soon be accessible to shoot ‘em up fans around the world.

Playism also revealed a Nintendo Switch version of Drainus, the bullet-absorbing side-scrolling shooter by the developer of Record of Lodoss War -Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth- and Touhou Luna Nights.

There’s also the recently revealed remake of Ib, the cult adventure game set in an art museum by Kouri. Ib will be coming to the Nintendo Switch this winter following a successful release on Steam for PC.

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