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Aegis Defenders is a 16-bit adventure that blends Metroidvania-style combat with Tower Defense strategy

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From Press Email:

Humble Bundle, Inc. — digital retailer of games, ebooks, software and more, where customers can donate to charity through popular pay-what-you-want bundle promotions and now a leading multi-platform games publisher — is excited to announce the release of 16-bit styled action-platformer Aegis Defenders for Windows PC and Mac later this year. Developed by talented indie developer GUTS Department, Aegis Defenders is the latest game to be published through the recently announced multi-platform funding and creative initiative “Presented by Humble Bundle.”

Aegis Defenders is a Metroidvania-style action-platformer truly unlike any other game you’ve ever played. Borrowing tower defense combat elements, combined with the look, feel and scale of 16-bit era titles like Super MetroidAegis Defenders reignites the magic of the old school adventure genre for a unique blend of gameplay and rich narrative that sets the stage for an instant classic.

“I first played Aegis Defenders on a rooftop party I was co-organizing years ago at The MIX @ E3. The unique gameplay and gorgeous character art inspired by Japan won me over instantly,” said John Polson, Humble Bundle publishing lead. “I am truly humbled to be able to help them now cross the finish line, delivering a unique blend of Metroidvania and tower defense that is addictively fun and fresh.”

“All of us here at GUTS Department are so thankful to the Aegis Defendersfans we’ve gained over the years to help us get where we are today,” said Bryce Kho, Aegis Defenders’ Creative Director. “Humble Bundle are among our biggest fans, showing care for the game and making sure our story could be told just how we wanted. We’re looking forward to introducing the world to Bart and Clu later this year!”

In a world where control over lost technologies equals power, you play as Ruinhunters Bart and his granddaughter Clu to explore ancient ruins and uncover the one thing that can save their world from the ruthless Empire: a legendary weapon known as Aegis.​ Bart, a machinist, specializes in building structures. Clu, on the other hand, is a skilled hunter and trapsmith. Together the two must wage war against corrupt beasts and the Empire to save the world, one realm at a time.

Key Features: 

  • Uncover a Gorgeous 16-bit World: Featuring 16-bit inspired sprite visuals, every detail in the world of Aegis is painstakingly hand-painted as a love letter to an era of games that includes classics such as Chrono TriggerSuper Metroid and The Legend of Zelda.
  • Defense Inspired Combat: Make use of Bart’s powerful defensive structures and Clu’s arsenal of firearms and traps in a fast-paced, flexible combat system that emphasizes a strong defense.
  • Dynamic Character Swapping: Switch between up to four characters at anytime to utilize the best passive abilities of inactive characters just as effectively as active characters.
  • Cooperative and Tailored Gameplay: With drop-in/drop-out co-op, invite a friend in at any time to play the entire story campaign cooperatively.

Aegis Defenders developer GUTS Department is an independent studio operating out of Los Angeles, California. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 and the support of multiple game industry veterans — Kristen Kho (PopCap Games), Max Palazzo (Syndicate Atomic, Activision-Blizzard) and Mike Effenberger (Syndicate Atomic, Disney Interactive) — Aegis Defenders grew from a student project at the University of Southern California into a full-fledged production. As a “Presented by Humble Bundle” game, it has received additional publishing support. Aegis Defenders will release on Windows PC and Mac in late 2017 on the Humble Store and Steam.