Kadokawa released the new Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit In Wonder Labyrinth on Steam for PC. The side-scrolling metroidvania has recently entered into Early Access over on the Steam store for $12.99. Like many other games that have landed on Valve’s storefront, during the first week of release it’s marked down by 10% off the normal price, so you can pick up a copy for just $11.69.
Players take on the role of the female warrior Deedlit, who awakens in a mysterious world where she must navigate her way through the ancient ruins, utilizing her sword skills in melee combat or her bow for long-ranged attacks to keep the enemies at bay.
It doesn’t require much in the way of blandishment to convince gamers to give a look-see in the direction of Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit In Wonder Labyrinth given that the trailer does a lot more to convince viewers than words ever could.
The game is beautifully designed, with visuals that seem reminiscent of Konami’s classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Instead of mirroring designs around 8-bit or 16-bit spritework, there’s more of a PSX-era feel to the wonder-filled labyrinth that Deedlit will traverse through.
Two years ago the developer, Team Ladybug, rolled out a neat little workflow design sheet on how they made the sprite for Deedlit and fleshed out the animations. You can check out the short dev video below.
They did things they old-fashioned way.
Most designers don’t like making sprites like that anymore because it takes a lot of time to keep the sprites consistent, and can be quite taxing when it comes to making changes to the animations. That’s not to mention that hand-drawing fully animated sprites has be done across the board for the enemies, moving background objects, and special effects as well.
Majority of the game content is already finished, but they have plans on fleshing out more of the story and bosses. Right now the Early Access version only contains the first level and the first boss, which will equal out to around an hour’s worth of gameplay. The full version will be around six hours.
They plan to spend about four months in Early Access, so if you’re not fond of playing incomplete games, you can come back later into 2020 to get the full version. Alternatively, you can learn more by visiting the Steam store page.
(Thanks for the news tip Anonymosity)