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Fab Ninja-Gaiden-inspired retro platformer The Messenger is getting free DLC next year

On Switch and PC.

Developer Sabotage has announced that its excellent retro platformer (with a twist!) The Messenger will be receiving a helping of free DLC next year on Switch and PC.

Known as Picnic Panic, The Messenger's free DLC update will feature a vibrant vacation theme, replete with oceans, palm-strewn beaches, and, yes, skull surfboarding. It promises to deliver a standalone storyline featuring three new areas, voodoo magic, callbacks to the superb main game, and boss fights - some of which, including a pleasingly pink octopus, can be admired in the reveal trailer below.

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Based on one brief snippet in there, it looks like The Messenger's brilliant gimmick - in which (no spoilers) the game finds interesting new ways to evolve its wonderfully fluid, Ninja-Gaiden-inspired 8-bit action-platforming - is back, courtesy of the aforementioned voodoo magic. And there's some catchy new music to complement the whole thing too.

The Messenger is one of my favourite games of 2018, so you can consider that a recommendation if it's of any use (and I've spoiled the twist previously if you really want to know more), so a second helping is absolutely welcome as far as I'm concerned. There's no specific release date for Picnic Panic just yet, but Sabotage says it'll be out in 2019.

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