Solar Ash Kingdom, is the newest game Hyper Light Drifter developer Heart Machine. After watching the debut trailer a handful of time, I’m more than ready to dive into this colourful world, which leaves me questions. Solar Ash Kingdom is an exclusive game to the Epic Games Store on PC and published by Annapurna Interactive.
While we know virtually nothing aside from today’s reveal trailer, IGN spoke to Heart Machine’s Alx Preston who mentioned that the follow-up to Hyper Light Drifter was possible thanks to new tech and key innovations.
Since 2016, Heart Machine has been quiet but because they were busy planning and producing!
“We strive to tell a beautiful story through our world, the atmosphere, our characters and even our gameplay – each aspect of our games are painstakingly considered – which requires a large investment of time. Thanks for bearing with us and our relative silence; we’re so excited to start opening up about the game and the process behind it on our devlog and beyond,”
The new 3D art style is a radical departure from the pixel art found in Hyper Light Drifter. However, not all things change thanks to similar colour palettes used in both titles. The results so far feel warm and beautiful, with the gorgeous design once again at the front.
Aside from an exclusivity deal with Epic Game Store, there’s no word on a console release or even a release window.