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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Severed looks (and sounds) futuristic and fantastic


News by Lindsay M.

Toronto-based indie developer DrinkBox Studios has announced its next game, Severed. The first thing I noticed upon viewing the trailer is that the first-person action/fantasy game is set in one heck of a gorgeous world, where colours, shapes, and movement merge to create something… well, fantastical. Take a peek here:



DrinkBox Studios isn’t a newcomer to quirky games, and the Digitally Downloaded staff has loved what the developer has had to offer in Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack and Guacameele.

Related reading: Guacamelee also made an appearance on the PlayStation 4; read Pierre-Yves’s review here.

Severed follows a warrior lost in this fantastic world as she tries to combine her story from both the past and the future. The world is non-linear, and the game uses gesture-based combat. As players advance, they will discover secrets about the hero and the land, unlock abilities to use, and grow in power. The game also promises “light RPG elements,” such as spells and items to upgrade the main character.




The graphics are not the only art here though; DrinkBox Studios has collaborated with Juno-nominated Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Pantayo, a kulintang ensemble, for the original soundtrack. What I find fascinating about this is that Yamantaka // Sonic Titan’s music is often categorized as experimental; this genre is in sharp contrast to kulintang, an ancient form of instrumental music composed on small, horizontal gongs. This blend of the ancient and the futuristic seems to accurately reflect the hero’s journey through both her future and her past.

Severed will be released on the PlayStation Vita on April 26.

- Lindsay M.
News Editor


Severed looks (and sounds) futuristic and fantastic
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