Pixel Heart Games’ loving tribute to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and 16-bit adventure classics Airoheart has a confirmed Switch release date of September 30th.
Publisher Soedesco has announced that it’s bringing the action RPG to the Switch later this year, and this announcement follows closed beta testing from the game back in February.
From the adventure gameplay, sword slashing, grass cutting, and SNES-style pixel art, Airoheart wears its inspirations proudly, but with a humble, homely feel. But our hero Airoheart must still save the world like the Hero of Time, but unlike Link, he must face family to do so.
The game has been a labor of love for the Australian development studio since 2017, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2020, the team have managed to complete and craft a fully-realized world that encapsulates everything we love about the classics.
Soedesco shared some more details about the game with us in a press release, so here’s what to expect from this link to the past:
Our story begins in the land of Engard, where our beloved hero Airoheart sets out on a journey to stop his brother’s diabolical plan to unleash an ancient evil that has been sealed in the shadows for generations, and to trigger a war using the power of the Draoidh Stone.
Will you confront your own brother and stop him from executing his wicked plans?
Engage in real-time combat
Fight your way through dangerous monsters in real time combat. Plant bombs, cast spells, drink potions, and overcome the dangers of Engard.
Journey through an enchanting open world
Discover a beautifully handcrafted retro-inspired pixel art world featuring an overhead perspective that will take you back in time. Immerse yourself in a vast and captivating world bursting with life and unique characters.
Conquer dungeons and solve puzzles
Acquire weapons and armor, and learn magical abilities to overcome complex puzzles and unlock new areas to explore. Navigate your way through murky dungeons and watch out for deadly traps and vicious enemies.
Embark on a quest to save the world
Unravel a tale of betrayal, tragedy and redemption piece by piece. Embark on an adventure to stop your brother from unleashing an ancient evil.
If you’re a fan of classic top-down Zelda games, we think this is one to keep an eye on.
Airoheart launches this September on the Switch. Will you be grabbing this when it launches? Let us know in the comments!