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It’s time to embark on an adventure where uncovering your memories is as wondrous and exciting as exploring the alien world on which you’ve crash-landed. From publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer Tiny Roar, the 3D sci-fi fantasy XEL is now on Steam with its very first demo. Jump into the action and get a taste of the adventure awaiting players on PC and Nintendo Switch this summer.
In XEL, you’ll take the leading role of Reid, an amnesiac traveler stranded in a mysterious world where only a painfully deep dive into her subconscious will unlock the knowledge needed to find her way out. The ability to jump through space and time doesn’t hurt, either! A love letter to classic Zelda titles, XEL melds sci-fi fantasy with the familiarity of old-school dungeon exploration, creating a marvelously enigmatic world full of challenging puzzles, fiendish boss battles, and brimming with witty characters.
Presented during Steam’s Indie Live Expo 2022, the newly released demo showcases the first 30 minutes of the highly anticipated adventure, including an exciting look into the first mini-boss fight against the menacing “Overseer.” Paired with Chap, her spunky and spirited sentient mechanical companion, Reid confronts armies of robotic enemies, as well as her own cryptic past. What is her connection to this perplexing world, and how can she regain the memories she’s lost?
Key Features of XEL Include:
Old School Meets New School: Retro meets modern in a classic top-down RPG gameplay style, and a well-crafted combat system comprised of different attacks, dodging, parrying, and clever gadgets
Adventure Through Space and Time: Explore the mysterious world of XEL and uncover its dark past, utilizing mind-bending time travel to unlock the secrets of the mysterious land
A Timeless Audiovisual Experience: Composed by Gidon Wolff, XEL offers a timeless soundtrack complemented by vibrant visuals, handcrafted by a passionate indie team
XEL is available in the summer of 2022 on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC via Steam and GOG. The verdant adventure will launch on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Playstation 4/5 later this year. Want to learn more about XEL? Find more in-depth details in the latest Devlog #3 ‘Gadgets, Concepts and Inspiration’ on Steam.
About Assemble Entertainment
Founded in 2016 and based in Wiesbaden, Germany, Assemble Entertainment is an independent games developer best known for the survival city-builder Endzone – A World Apart, which challenges players to survive and thrive following an environmental apocalypse, and the modernized Leisure Suit Larry series, featuring two new entries in the iconic decades-spanning saga.
Despite the company’s short history, Assemble Entertainment has won the German Developer Award twice — in 2020 and 2021— in the category “Best Publisher.” Assemble Entertainment organizes GermanDevDays, an annual conference held in Frankfurt, Germany since 2016 that attracts more than 1,100 attendees from across the German-speaking video game development industry. The event also includes the GermanDevDays Indie Award, where indie development teams across Germany can participate in varying categories to win a cash prize for their projects. The event is hosted by Stefan Marcinek, CEO, and Founder of Assemble.
About Tiny Roar
Founded in 2015, Tiny Roar is the result of a passion for video games and an intense desire to create them. Rooted in the desire to deliver fun, polished games, the studio also highly values easily accessible game experiences, supporting its mission to provide entertainment to a multitude of platforms. While recognizing that developing video games is a tremendously enjoyable experience, Tiny Roar also prides itself on perpetuating a healthy and friendly work environment, stating that it is the key to its success.