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Curse of the Sea Rats reveals new trailer and release window

A delayed "ratoidvania" indie finally announces its 2023 launch window with a new character trailer.
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Curse of the Sea Rats, an upcoming hand-drawn metroidvania based on cursed pirates, has released its first trailer in ages. Today’s character trailer reveals the specific abilities of each protagonist, as well as some voice lines, key mechanics, and a new release window for early 2023.

The game will be available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. You can watch the full trailer on PlayStation’s YouTube channel here:

The gameplay looks fine, with traditional platforming scenarios and boss battles expected from the genre. But the art design of this game has a similar kind of appeal to Cuphead. The vision is very distinct, clearly demanded an enormous amount of effort, and taps into a very niche kind of personality that will help the indie stand out.

The artwork also a gorgeous throwback to classic animation that’ll surely please 90’s kids. In fact, the four elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water immediately bring Avatar: The Last Airbender to mind. Hopefully it was an intentional homage, since that show was nothing short of a masterpiece.

While Curse of the Sea Rats still hasn’t shown much of its elemental abilities, today’s trailer also promises a progression track to upgrade skills. Ideally, players will have more than a signature move or two, to create a more distinguishable experience.

Roles are more crucial for co-op games, for each player to actually contribute. Also, the screen can get very busy, very quickly in platformers. The couch co-op approach is hot right now for the indie genre, but fans are hardly tired of it. Split-screen is often hard to come by these days, where even Halo has devastated longtime fans and abandoned the mechanic for AAA campaigns.

You can read more about Curse of the Sea Rats and other upcoming indies by checking out the rest of our news section!


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