Flame-Wielding Platformer, Nocturnal, Announced for Consoles & PC Spring 2023; Screenshots + Trailer

Publisher Dear Villagers and developer Sunnyside Games have revealed their action platformer, Nocturnal, launching for consoles and PC this Spring.

The game follows protagonist Ardeshir, a soldier of the Enduring Flame, who returns to his home island of Nahran. However, he ends up having to utilize fire to extinguish a shadowy Mist that has taken over the land. This mechanic will let players interact with the scenery, solve puzzles, and be substituted for combat. Breathing in this Mist can’t be done, so navigating it is necessary.

Sunnyside Games co-founder Gabriel Sonderegger shared the following statements regarding this announcement:

“With Nocturnal we wanted to combine the immediacy and timelessness of classic platforming adventures with a more modern dynamism. The flames and mist give players a neat balance of oscillating between feeling weak and oppressed, with fleeting moments of triumph as they engulf their weapons in fire. We think it adds a unique flow to a classic genre and look forward to everyone being able to play Nocturnal when it launches later this year.”

Guillaume Jamet, Head of Publishing for Dear Villagers, shared the following statements regarding this news:

“We love classic side-scrollers with a new twist and Nocturnal hit that nail on the head for us. It’s often fast and frenetic, while also offering a healthy dose of tense pressure as your flame extinguishes, and you’re being attacked by dark forces in the shadows. It’s fantastic!”

You can view official Nocturnal screenshots, as well as both versions of its key art, via our gallery below:

You can view the reveal trailer for Nocturnal below:


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