Shanghai developer Aurogon Shanghai has announced that hand-drawn 2D Metroidvania game Afterimage will arrive in late 2022 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC via Steam. Half a minute of teaser footage was shared as well, mostly confirming that, yes, it looks like a Metroidvania and, yes, it looks pretty.
Afterimage introduces the mystical world of Engardin to Switch, with more than 15 environments including “towering” volcanoes and ancient ruins. Protagonist Renee will confront more than 150 “foes” (enemy types?) with different weapons and 10 special abilities. Renee equips two primary weapons and one secondary weapon and can swap between them freely to create her own combat style. As par for the course in a Metroidvania, you will find secret paths, hidden chests, and new abilities in your travels, in addition to various characters that flesh out the story.
“The world of Engardin is full of magic and mystery,” said Aurogon Shanghai executive producer Michael Yang. “We are thrilled to reveal Afterimage today and look forward to sharing more about the game as we prepare to bring it to PC and consoles in late 2022!” To date, Aurogon Shanghai is known for its GuJian series, the third entry of which is available in English.