Hyper Light Drifter Combat Video Released

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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Hyper Light Drifter | Drifter vs. Monsters

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Heart Machine after its successful crowdfunding campaign for Hyper Light Drifter. Two days ago, they posted a combat video for their new game. Much like the original trailer that debuted on Kickstarter, this combat video shows off the game’s beautifully animated character sprites and stage design in action. However, the new video focuses on battling enemies in a single level as opposed to a variety of stages.

The video demonstrates ways you can battle your enemies, like slashing through them with combos, shooting them with multiple firearms, and zipping to safety by dashing. There are a variety of enemy types, which all come in various sizes with individual characteristics. You can watch the video below:

In the trailer’s description, lead designer Alex Preston explains the game is still in its pre-alpha phase, which is surprising at a glance, since the game already appears to play well, and the video demonstrates its fluid design with finesse. But if the developers consider what we see far from complete, then fans and backers can anticipate the completed product will look even better.

Heart Machine expects to release Hyper Light Drifter mid-fall 2014 for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, OUYA, and Wii U. You can pre-order your copy of the game for your platform of choice via PayPal by visiting Heart Machine’s website.

If you also pitch in money for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which is still collecting funds via PayPal, you can have exclusive access to Hyper Light Drifter crossover content in Half-Genie Hero upon release.

About Andy Na

Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.




  • James Best

    Wow, this looks really impressive.

  • Kroisos

    Kickstarters are always judgments of what the final quality will be. This video increases my confidence that I judged correctly.

  • Kyle Emch

    The animation in this game looks absolutely fantastic! The audio quality sounds like it needs a little refinement, though.