Cloudbuilt is a stylish third-person, cel-shaded parkour game

Mirror's Edge meets Borderlands?

Cloudbuilt - a lavish third-person parkour game for PC - has just been announced by Swedish indie developer Coilworks.

Described as "a child of the 8-bit era's action platformers and today's third-person shooters," Cloudbuilt looks like a cross between Mirror's Edge and Borderlands. The scratchy comic-book-esque cel-shading is certainly eye catching and the parkour mechanics sound more arcade-based than Mirror's Edge's weightier, more grounded momentum.

"Cloudbuilt seamlessly combines old-school moves like dash, double jumping and charge beams with modern moves like rocket jumping, wall running, and and strafe-dodging," Coilworks explained.

The developer noted that all abilities will be available from the get go, so the game's entirely skill-based. "Cloudbuilt lets you play with all skills from the moment you begin. You won't need to master them all right away, but to complete the game and beat the records for each level you will be challenged to use what you've learned in creative ways."

Furthermore, each stage will have multiple routes. "Freedom and experimentation is another central theme. In Cloudbuilt there isn't one predetermined correct path that you must take through a level," explained Coilworks. "There are paths that are more obvious, but for the attentive players there's also the possibility to carve their own path. In a level there are usually multiple ways to pass an obstacle, and possibly some that we don't know of yet."

Not much is known about the story other than it follows an injured war vet who has recently been "repaired." The game follows "her mental process from confused to reaching a conclusion."

It might be awhile until we can come to our own conclusion as no release date has been announced, but for now witness the debut trailer below, and check out Coilworks' Indie DB page for more info.

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