Pitched as an “action exploration odyssey,” playing as Ardeshir, a soldier of the Enduring Flame, you will be challenged to repel a nefarious mist that has enshrouded the ancient isle of Nahran.
You will come to rely on fire to extinguish the sinister forces that have overtaken Ardeshir’s native land and uncover the secrets that it hides. Flame can be used to ward off the Mist, ignite the surrounding scenery, turn on machinery, and burn beings of dark magic who are otherwise impervious to conventional weaponry. However, you cannot breathe in the Mist and must use your wits to keep it at a safe distance.
“With Nocturnal we wanted to combine the immediacy and timelessness of classic platforming adventures with a more modern dynamism,” explains Sunnyside Games co-founder Gabriel Sonderegger. “The flames and mist give players a neat balance of oscillating between feeling weak and oppressed, with fleeting moments of triumph as they engulf their weapons in fire. We think it adds a unique flow to a classic genre and look forward to everyone being able to play Nocturnal when it launches later this year.”
Dear Villagers head of publishing Guillaume Jamet adds: “We love classic side-scrollers with a new twist and Nocturnal hit that nail on the head for us. It’s often fast and frenetic, while also offering a healthy dose of tense pressure as your flame extinguishes, and you’re being attacked by dark forces in the shadows. It’s fantastic!”
Nocturnal will release digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide in Spring 2023.