Sabotage Studio has released the first teaser trailer for The Messenger, a retro-inspired platformer/Metroidvania.
Described as “an open love letter to the good old retro-console games from the late 80s and early 90s,” The Messenger looks to be an interesting mix of two retro genres. The game initially presents itself as an 8-bit action platformer before revealing an “epic time travelling tale” and evolving into a 16-bit Metroidvania “packed with replay value and deadpan humour.”
The Messenger won Best Gameplay Design and Best Music at the 2017 Montreal Independent Games Festival. The game’s chiptune soundtrack, composed by Eric “Rainbowdragoneyes” Brown, is eerily reminiscent of NES tracks.
Sabotage, an independent developer based in Quebec, Canada, was founded by creative director Thierry Boulanger and producer Martin Brouard in April 2016. Boulanger has dreamed of the game’s idea since childhood, and pitched the game to Brouard as “the world’s best 8-bit ninja.” The Messenger is scheduled to release later this year on PC and consoles.