One of Sony's biggest surprise announcements during Paris Games Week was for Guacamelee! 2, the follow-up to one of the best Metroidvania games to arrive in the past decade. And according to the reveal trailer, we can expect to play it soon-ish on the PlayStation 4.
If you stayed until the very end of the trailer, you saw that the vague launch window offered above comes directly from Drinkbox Studios. Sadly, we don't have anything more specific than that, but the good news is that the sequel to Guacamelee is definitely on the way.
If you missed out on the original game, you should probably do yourself a favor and track it down on your digital marketplace of choice. A bright, colorful and lively platforming adventure, Guacamelee mixes exploration with abilities centered around luchador wrestling. You'll be working your way through tricky platforming puzzles one moment, then pummeling baddies the next. It also had a solid cooperative mode for tag team partners to enjoy.
Yesterday's showing from Sony at Paris Games Week was pretty fantastic. It included known quantities like God of War, Spider-Man and The Last of Us Part II, as well as some VR love and new games like Ghost of Tsushima. So when the trailer for an independent game garners just as much hype as the heavy hitters, you know it's going to be something special.
According to Drinkbox, the game takes place seven years following the defeat of Carlos Calaca. But while one city was in harm's way the last time around, it sounds like Juan will be defending the entire Mexiverse in Guacamelee! 2.
Thankfully, the trailer is full of little details, including a glimpse at the roster of bosses Juan will have to square off against. It's clear that cooperative play is included once again, which we don't get nearly enough of in modern games.
What's most exciting to me, though, are all of those quick scenes of platforming in the game. The original Guacamelee already did the genre proud, but it looks like Drinkbox has pulled out all the stops to create some crazy, challenging environments to work through this time around. It looks like Juan has some interesting new abilities at his disposal in the new game, as well as some returning maneuvers. And yes, he can still turn into a chicken. Heck, one moment in the trailer makes it look like Juan's chicken form is going to be an important part of the story.
Similar to Shovel Knight, Guacamelee is a good example of a game that is intended as a genuine entry in the genre, not an homage. Drinkbox doesn't really include winks to the camera or references to the Metroid or Castlevania series that got this party started two decades ago. Instead, the original game took the staples of the genre, built a great game on that foundation, then added plenty of unique twists to help it stand out from the pack. It looks like Guacamelee 2 is aiming for a repeat, so I can't wait until "soon-ish" finally gets here.