Nocturnal Key Art
Nocturnal Key Art
Nocturnal Key Art | Courtesy of Dear Villagers

Nocturnal: The Flame-Wielding Platformer Ignites this June!

Sunnyside Games and Dear Villagers reveal the launch date for their blazing hot action exploration odyssey.

Swiss indie devs at Sunnyside Games, in collaboration with the French boutique publishers at Dear Villagers, have just dropped an announcement that’s setting the gaming world alight.

Their fiery platformer, Nocturnal, will make its sizzling entrance on Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC come June 7th. Expect to shell out $19.99 for the console experience, while the PC version will set you back a wee bit less at $16.99.

Nocturnal | Narrative Trailer

Set on the ancient isle of Nahran, Nocturnal is more than just a pretty spark. It’s an action-packed exploration odyssey that’ll have you using fire to fend off a malevolent mist and uncover the secrets that lie beneath its foggy veil.

You’ll play as Ardeshir, a soldier of the Enduring Flame, who returns to his homeland only to find it covered in a shadowy mist. Fire’s your best mate in this game, mates. You can use it to push back the mist, light up the scenery, kick-start machinery, and even singe some wicked magic beings who are impervious to your regular arsenal. But remember, you can’t breathe in the mist, so you’ll have to think on your feet to keep it at bay.

As you journey through this misty adventure, offering collected ashes to the flame will help you grow stronger. You can extend your life force, hold your breath longer, or gamble those ashes away in hopes of gaining new powers.

For those who fancy a challenge, Nocturnal comes with optional trials, speedrunning features, and for the truly brave, a Permadeath Mode. That’s right, you only get one life to complete the entire journey. How’s that for a challenge?

The early reception to Nocturnal at events like Steam Next Fest and PAX East was super positive, according to Sunnyside Games co-founder Gabriel Sonderegger. He’s stoked for players to experience the game’s unique blend of fast-paced action and tension, driven by a constant juggle of depleting light sources. For more info, you can wishlist Nocturnal on Steam.

Now, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you excited for Nocturnal? What do you make of this fiery new platformer? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or join the conversation over on the Gaming.Buzz Community Discord.

But hold on, we’ve got a challenge for you! Are you brave enough to take on Permadeath Mode? Let’s see who can get the furthest in this ultimate test of skill. Share your results and may the best gamer win!

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