Rusty Rabbit is a Submit-Apocalyptic Metroidvania in Which Rabbits Have Inherited the Earth

Whereas most of us whiled away the numerous days of pandemic-induced lockdown in 2020 binge-watching Netflix and baking our personal bread for some motive, acclaimed anime screenwriter Gen Urobochi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Psycho-Move) went forward and constructed his personal online game. That recreation, a tough demo that featured a rabbit in a mechanical swimsuit blasting his means by piles of junk in a post-apocalyptic world, would finally function the leaping off level for Rusty Rabbit, the brand new 2.5D Metroidvania from developer Nitro Plus introduced this week at Tokyo Recreation Present.

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“[Initially] it was purely a interest,” stated Urobochi. “It was a labor of affection, and simply mainly me eager to fiddle with Unity.”

Because the lockdown days changed into weeks and months, Urobochi continued to tinker together with his bunny-based platformer demo as his concepts for fleshing out its world grew an increasing number of bold.

“The extra I stared at it on my display, the extra my creativeness expanded,” stated Urobochi. “So I confirmed my demo to the parents at [publisher] NetEase, and so they stated, ‘How about we remake this concept in Unreal Engine and switch it right into a sellable product?’”

“And I stated, let’s do it. And so we did.”

A picture from Urobochi’s early prototype for Rusty Rabbit.

Thus, Rusty Rabbit was born. This Metroidvania with roguelike components takes place hundreds of years after humanity has deserted the Earth, and rabbits have taken over. Stamp, the long-eared most important character, spends his days piloting his mech swimsuit ‘Junkster’ by the enormous ruins of a large area elevator searching for invaluable scrap. When in the future he stumbles upon clues to the whereabouts of his lacking daughter on an deserted ‘D-Tam’ pc terminal, it sends Stamp on a seek for extra of those pc terminals buried all through Rusty Rabbit’s Metroidvania-style maze. All of the whereas battling enemies and attempting to find treasures, then subsequently making return journeys to his base camp on the floor with a purpose to improve his swimsuit.

Rusty Rabbit – Announcement Screens 5 Pictures

In response to Urobochi, Rusty Rabbit’s story and exploration will probably be structured in an analogous approach to many different Metroidvanias, with its 2.5D recreation world increasing in all instructions as Stamp will increase his talents and gear set to navigate it with. Nevertheless, Rusty Rabbit may also function a roguelike construction within the type of elective, randomly generated dungeon areas.

“We ended up having two varieties of dungeon areas,” stated Urobochi. “We made story dungeons, that are extra linear and include RPG components, after which we had random dungeons which we separated out. So the random dungeons are further dungeons.”

Whether or not these extra dungeons function easy companion items, or provide extra avenues to spice up Stamp’s stats outdoors of the principle story stays to be seen. In actual fact, outdoors of the idea trailer above and a handful of screens, there’s little else to go on when it comes to Rusty Rabbit particulars right now. Nevertheless the concept of an lovable bunny clambering onboard a hulking mech swimsuit and smashing his means by scrap steel in a post-apocalyptic world searching for his misplaced daughter has our curiosity piqued, and the pedigree of Urobochi has us assured that Rusty Rabbit’s story is unlikely to be as easy because it appears.

Rusty Rabbit is coming to PlayStation 5 and PC in 2024.

Tristan Ogilvie is a Senior Video Editor at IGN AU. He beforehand assumed {that a} Rusty Rabbit was a cocktail.