Neon Abyss brings cyberpunk dungeon crawling to Switch this year


Neon Abyss is a cyberpunk dungeon crawler that’s set to hit Nintendo Switch later this year. The game was announced by Team 17 with an incredibly intense trailer that highlights exactly what you’ll be doing in your time with it.

This is a roguelike action platformer, in which players explore procedurally generated dungeons of the underworld. Interestingly, it’s said that the choices you make will affect the rules of each dungeon. This might see the class of character or type of weapon you choose fundamentally alter the stats of each enemy, making them weaker or more resistant to certain types of damage. This cause-and-effect system is even extended to the player upgrade system, meaning literally every choice has a consequence.

The story of Neon Abyss sees the protagonist given a job by Hades. They’re to enter the underworld and destroy the New Gods. From the looks of things these New Gods are machines that have booted out Hades and his ilk. These demonic machinations appear to be quite challenging to fight, but if nothing else, the larger-than-life soundtrack should keep you coming back for more punishment.

Players will work with over 400 different items in Neon Abyss. In a similar way to Dead Cells, some of these items have passive effects, while others are simply weapons. It’s important to continuously swap items, since each room of each dungeon can have its own specific rule set, rendering some tactics useless or even dangerous to the player.

Neon Abyss will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam sometime in 2020.


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.