Earlier this year, we reported on the news that Playtonic, the developers behind the Yooka-Laylee series, created their own indie publishing label to help fellow indie developers such as Awe Interactive, Fabraz and okidokico to release their games. Now, they’ve revealed their first game, the 3D platformer Demon Turf, which will launch for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and Nintendo Switch later this year. Check out the trailer at the top of the page.
What Is Demon Turf?
Demon Turf is a stylish 2D/3D platformer hybrid where you control the demon Beebz, who must reclaim the various “turfs” that comprise the Demon World in order to take a shot at the Demon King, ultimately so you can claim the throne for yourself.
As far as gameplay goes, Demon Turf looks like your standard 3D platformer, but there’s a couple of changes that set the game apart from the rest. Firstly, Beebz is a 2D character occupying a 3D space, creating an enjoyable visual style not unlike the Paper Mario series. Secondly, the gameplay is also quite unique. Players are free to set their own checkpoints within levels, allowing you to play as risky or as cautiously as you like. The combat as also driven by physics, as none of your attacks do damage. You’ll have to utilise your environment in order to deal with your foes.
Fabian Rastorfer, the game’s lead developer and artist at Fabraz, said the following in a press release: “I’ve always wanted to create a 3D Platformer, they’ve been my favourite genre all my life, having grown up playing all of the notable ones on pretty much every console! With our 2D platformer, Slime-san, we received a lot of praise for what we brought to 2D precision based platforming so we really wanted to see if we can translate the spirit of what made Slime-san great into a 3D Platformer.”
Gavin Price, Playtonic’s CEO, also added: “Demon Turf was one of the titles that made us want to set up our new publishing arm. Our aim was always to partner with those developers who make the kinds of games we love to play or we wish we’d come up with first which is exactly how we felt when we first played Slime-San so then when the Fabraz team showed us what they had in store with Demon Turf; the community focus, the reams of content and just something really fresh & new; we absolutely had to get involved.”
Sounds Good, When Can I Play It?
Right now, in fact. Since November of last year, Fabraz have been running Demon Turf Trials on Steam. Every week, players can compete on leaderboards to complete these new challenges, with the winners receiving portraits in the final game, as well as a limited edition, winners only t-shirt. The Trials also include a full tutorial and the first two levels of the main game, so even if you’re not feeling competitive, you can still get a taste of the gameplay.
As for the full release, Demon Turf will be dropping on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. We’ve asked PR where or not the game will support Smart Delivery on the Xbox, though you’ll probably just be able to play the Xbox One version on Xbox Series X | S via backwards compatibility. We’ll let you know if we receive an update.
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