A three-day, consumer show held from the 29th of September to the 1st of October, 2017, Milan Games Week holds the laurel of being Italy’s premier gaming event, bar none.
Promising 35,000 square meters of previews, tournaments, retro-gaming, cosplay, indie and junior showcases, this year is proving to be no different as up to 50 independent games prepare to debut at the event’s Indie Area.
While HyperParasite’s inclusion within this roster of titles is a milestone in and of itself, it will also mark the first time players and followers will be able to get their hands on a proper, near-vertical slice of the complete frenetic, twin-stick experience that developer Troglobytes has in mind.
This won’t be the first of HyperParasite’s public appearances however.
In the month of June, this year, a prototype of the game made its debut at the 2017 edition of the Bari Geek Fest with its core mechanics of body-snatching between characters, three macro-classes of playable characters (Melee, Ranged & Bomber) and other basics roughly implemented.
Feedback attained at the event proved to be highly instrumental in improving what the team had already started work on.
In contrast, the build Troglobytes Games now intends to showcase at MGW will feature one, fully playable level, an intense boss fight, eight characters derived from the macro-classes that players can body-snatch, special items, a secret sub-level and a lot more.
To commemorate the same and over eight months of development, a September 2017 Update video has been compiled and attached to this press release, serving as a retrospective of HyperParasite’s progress thus far.
The core mechanics may have stayed the same, but the dramatic evolution of its intensity gives testimony to the numerous visual iterations that the game has undergone in such a short span.
‘The fact that we’ll be sharing space with 50-odd independent titles is reassuring; a clear indication that Italy’s independent gaming culture continues to grow,’ writes Lead Developer, Luciano Iurino.
‘And yet we’re also anxious to see if visitors will enjoy HyperParasite as much as we have been; seeing strangers pick up the controller to your project is always an enlightening experience, while there’s no denying how beneficial the presence of media and other industry professionals is to networking.’
Following the event, HyperParasite’s production will proceed in full-steam en route to a late 2018 release. A closed beta testing session is also planned for the end of this year, although details pertinent to the same remain to be explored.
If you’ll be in the vicinity of the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition and convention center of Milan, Italy between the 29th of September and 1st of October then, nothing would encourage the team more than having you stop by and play HyperParasite at MGW’s Indie Area.
3D Artist Luca Eberhart and Game Designer Saverio Caporusso of Troglobytes Games will be present with on all three days, so please be sure to leave them with your complete and utterly honest feedback.
For those who cannot make the event, no matter. You can still be of support and influence to HyperParasite’s development by signing up to the official mailing list via the game’s homepage.
A top-down, rogue-lite shoot ‘em up at its core, HyperParasite pays homage to an era that developer Troglobytes Games considers itself heavily influenced by.
With players picking up the titular role of a parasitic organism bent on world domination –
- Being able to dynamically snatch and switch between the bodies of nearly every weapon-wielding Homo sapien they encounter, ensures bullet hell almost never ceases.
- Persistent wit and dexterity is demanded with multiple character classes to consume, host-specific abilities to exploit and a skill-based progression system to overcome.
- HyperParasite takes its rogue-lite mechanics very seriously. Procedurally generated levels, multiple game-play objectives, gruelling waves of enemies, deranged bosses and perma-death make it nigh-impossible to beat in a single run.
- All while Troglobytes’ in-house dungeon-generation technology, Vania, ensures the seamless randomisation of visuals, sub-levels & secrets.
HyperParasite will also feature local co-operative multiplayer, letting players cherish its characters, urban legends, items and pop-culture references with a mullet-wielding friend. In development for a late 2018 release on PC and Consoles.
About Troglobytes Games
Troglobytes is a small independent video-game development studio based in sunny Southern Italy, founded by both veterans and young talents.
As every developer should, it loves both playing and making video games, going so far as to maintain an original arcade gaming cabinet at its HQ to return to for repeated inspiration.
Its mission is to create innovative, high-quality games across a variety of platforms using the latest in technology, while focusing on storytelling and aesthetics.
Additionally, the team’s members are known to frequently take on freelance contracts and outsourced projects within the industry; from game design to 2D/3D artwork & animation, a complete roster of the titles they’ve contributed to so far can be seen on the studio’s website.
HyperParasite is being worked upon by Troglobytes Games’ core members in association with select external collaborators. Besides being a certified Playstation® developer, the studio is also a part of Microsoft’s ID@Xbox Program.