Following an April Fool’s Day tease that made its veracity uncertain, developer Cellar Door Games has finally confirmed that, yes, it is indeed working on a sequel to its superb Castlevania-esque rogue-like exploratory platformer Rogue Legacy.
The original Rogue Legacy, if you’re unfamiliar, launched back in 2013, and won immediate acclaim for its solid, procedurally generated action-platforming and a nifty system whereby each subsequent play-through was undertaken by one of your previous, now-dead heroes’ heirs.
The latter system was intended to shake up each new attempt, imbuing each new descendant with a distinctive mix of classes, abilities, traits – the latter often making for play-throughs that felt radically different, whether heroes were made tiny in stature, super strong, dyslexic (jumbling up all in-game text), colour blind (turning the world black and white), and a whole lot more besides. It worked wonderfully, its brisk, more-ish runs being impressively replayable, and it’s game that still manages to feel fresh today.
As for Rogue Legacy’s newly announced sequel, Cellar Door has revealed little in the way of specifics so far, but we do know, based on the handful of work-in-progress screenshots shared, that it’ll retain its predecessor’s heir system, even introducing new classes such as the Ranger.
It’ll also sport a rather fetching visual overhaul, which retains the first game’s appealing chunky aesthetic, but trades retro-styled pixels for a lavish, rather more modern hand-drawn art style.
Cellar Door says it’ll be sharing more information on Rogue Legacy 2 “in the coming days”, and, to tide you over, there’s also a tiny taste of the game’s updated soundtrack.