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Hyper Light Drifter is getting a fully 3D rogue-lite follow-up with online co-op

Coming to Steam early access in 2023.

Developer Heart Machine has unveiled Hyper Light Breaker, a fully 3D rogue-lite spin on its acclaimed 2016 action-adventure Hyper Light Drifter that's coming to PC early next year.

While Hyper Light Drifter served up a tautly designed single-player adventure blending rich exploration with challenging melee combat in a strikingly presented top-down, 2D world, Hyper Light Breaker looks like a very different take on the same universe.

It all unfolds in the Overgrowth, a new "vast, ever-changing" (and fully 3D) world consisting of massive, open biomes and deep labyrinths - which players can navigate using the likes of wall-dashing, hoverboarding, and gliding. Here, they'll be able to "defeat brutal monsters, create new builds, survive the mysterious Crowns and overthrow the almighty Abyss King."

Hyper Light Breaker - Reveal Trailer.

All that takes the form of a rogue-lite adventure in which players - either working solo or playing co-operatively with friends online - are tasked with defeating "hordes of enemies and gigantic bosses in frenetic third-person combat". In order push deeper into the game, participants can tailor their builds using a "wide arsenal of weapons and items" unlocked through play, and there's a settlement that can be upgraded between each run.

So far Heart Machine has only shared a handful of in-game screenshots.

It is, then, quite a departure from its illustrious predecessor, sounding more like a Hyper Light riff on Risk of Rain 2 (it shares the same publisher in Gearbox) than the meticulously crafted solo adventure of yore. We'll need more than the currently available animated trailer and handful of animated in-game gifs to get a proper sense of how it plays, though, so hopefully Heart Machine will be ready to reveal more soon.

Expect Hyper Light Breaker to launch in Steam early access in "spring" next year.

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