Imagine you’re twenty years out into deep space. You’re on an important mission, one that will save your people, but you’re all alone and in hostile, strange territory. That feeling of isolation, inspired by games like Metroid, is the key element to Anew: The Distant Light, now live on Kickstarter.
Anew: The Distant Light is a massive, open-world action game set in a galaxy very far away. The environment is dangerous and full of strange beings, but they’ll find help in the form of upgrades and equipment. These tools will even help power their ship, so they can explore the vast reaches of the nearby cosmos.
The story is an evolving narrative, told mostly through the exploration of the environments themselves rather than drawn out text boxes and cutscenes.
Perhaps most notable is the game’s unique, but pretty, art style. The game’s world feels large even when captured in screenshots, and the enemies look imposing. The hand-painted textures look really nice in motion, and I recommend watching the trailer for the full effect.
The developers are a small team of former AAA veterans. Steve Copeland and Jeff Spoonhower share an impressive resume; they’ve worked on games like Bioshock, Borderlands, Uncharted and more. With this experience, the team hopes to deliver on their first indie passion project.
Anew: The Distant Light shows a lot of promise. Check out the official Kickstarter page for more.