After a few years of inactivity, platformer Demongeon, from indie developer Mobot Studios, is gearing up for a summer 2016 release on the Wii U eShop.
Nintendo News caught up with James Fletcher, the game’s lead developer, earlier today to ask him a few questions about Demongeon. “We started Demongeon a few years ago with a goal to launch on Steam,” Fletcher told us. “Somewhere along the line it just kinda got shelved. We just decided to pick it back up again since it seemed like a good fit for Wii U.”
At first glance, Demongeon’s vibrant art style may seem to resemble that of 13AM Games’ Runbow, another platform title on the Wii U eShop, but Fletcher said that’s not the case. “We started this a while ago. The art was pretty much complete over five years ago. [Runbow] is a great game for sure though.”
The three-man team behind the development of Demongeon does not currently have any plans to bring the game to any other consoles. “Wii U has been good for us, so we’re focusing there for now.”
Originally, Demongeon was going to be included as extra content for Knite and the Ghost Lights, another game Mobot Studios is currently working on for Nintendo.
The game’s trailer, below, features some heavy background music during gameplay, while a more subtle type of music can be heard at the intro; however, the direction is still undecided for the final game. “The music was originally gonna be more of a score,” Fletcher said. “We have a few heavy songs we’re considering too, but we’re just not sure if that would alienate some people. Either way, we have both styles done and ready.”
Platformer fans won’t be overwhelmed with tons of content in Demongeon. Instead, they’ll be challenged with short spurts of unforgiving action, according to Fletcher:
“It’s fairly short … it’s more about challenge. Like once you’ve beat a Metroid game, you take it down pretty quick after you know where to go. Given it’s an indie, and pretty short, we plan to price it accordingly — in the $5 range. We think it will really stand out at that price point, and I think people who love speed-running will enjoy it the most and keep playing it.”
Mobot Studios plans to release Demongeon in both North America and Europe this summer. There are currently no plans to bring the game to the eShop in Japan.
As for Fletcher’s personal take on Nintendo’s upcoming dedicated video game platform, codenamed “NX,” he said, “I really want it to be a good handheld with a super-charged doc to power a GPU for the TV. You know, really seamlessly bridge the two together.”