By Aaron Evangelisti / June 3rd, 2020
What’s that? A new IP from Konami? That can’t be right!… Well, my friends, it is. Konami has teamed up with developers Ukuza Inc, who previously brought us the physics based platformer Epic Loon, to bring the world a new intellectual property with Skelattack.
Skelattack is an action-platformer about Skull, a skeleton who’s only recently joined the army of the dead, and his quest to protect an important afterlife artifact from the hands of the pesky living who seek to take it, as well as rescue elder skeleton, Elzedon. Ukuza Inc. cites classic Konami franchise like Castlevania, Contra, and Goemon as Skelattack’s inspiration. Based on the trailer that can be watched below it does seem to be filled with challenging level design as well as a certain quirky charm to its aesthetics.
Skelattack is out now for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One, and Steam for $19.99 USD, and is only available digitally. Check the press release below for more information:
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – June 2, 2020 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in partnership with independent game developer Ukuza Inc., today announced the launch of its 2D action platformer Skelattack. This new intellectual property (IP) is a digital exclusive that introduces an expansive Underworld filled with quirky, charming, and sometimes deadly inhabitants of the afterlife. The game flips the dungeon crawler narrative on its head by putting players as the creatures, fending their land from the invading human threat. Skelattack is now available on Xbox, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC Steam at SRP $19.99.
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As a newly deceased member of the Underworld and resident in the happy hub of Aftervale, Skully is just getting the hang of being dead and coming to terms as a skeleton. As he prepares for his Remembrance to understand who he was in his past life, Skully finds himself in a fight to protect his home from plundering humans from above. In an attempt to steal the magic that kindles the spirits of the dead, the Blue Flame, the humans kidnap Aftervale’s elder skeleton, Elzedon. Together with Imber, Skully’s trusty bat friend, players will control both characters to jump, slash, and flap their way through the Underworld to stop the human threat, save the Elder, and protect the Blue Flame.
“Developing Skelattack has been a labor of love for our team at Ukuza, and we are not only thrilled to formally introduce it to the world, but also allow players to experience this unique, platforming adventure right now,” said Shane deLumeau, CEO and Founder, Ukuza. “Konami has also been an ideal partner in this process as we have been inspired by classic legacy titles such as Castlevania, Contra, and Goemon in our development. We are fortunate to work with such a seasoned team to finally bring Skelattack to life.”
Each dungeon is a vibrant juxtaposition of danger and charm contained in its colorful, hand drawn environments and characters. Players are encouraged to bask in the Tim Burton-inspired art style and revisit each stage at their leisure to uncover its vast secrets. Amidst its impressionist artistry is a fun and fluid platformer, challenging players to utilize Skully and Imber’s many versatile abilities to wall slide, fly, jump, and attack through each obstacle and puzzle.
The relationship between KONAMI and independent video game developer, Ukuza Inc. is a unique pursuit for the publisher as it builds its catalogue of Western, domestic market titles. “We instantly fell in love with Skelattack’s concept, aesthetic, and style and felt this would be a perfect fit for our audience,” said Michael Rajna, Senior Director of Business Development & Licensing, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “It is rare that we find such a partner in the Indie Game space but Ukuza proves talent that knows no bounds, and we will continue to consider new projects like this in our portfolio moving forward.”
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