Niche Spotlight – Nightkeep: Medieval Throwback Metroidvania Action RPG

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It seems like metroidvania’s are all the rage these days, and so long as the game is interesting, I’ll probably check it out. Nightkeep, a new action-RPG set within a metroidvania world, got enough upvotes on Steam Greenlight, and it has a promising pixel-art style as well.

The game follows a female huntress named Arietta through a fictional medieval-fantasy world, and features mechanics “straight from the 90s.” Featured above, you can view the game’s latest trailer. Arietta is described as more of a lone wolf, despite other hunters usually traveling and hunting in groups.

While players can level up the protagonist via getting experience points and improving your abilities, you have two main forms of attack: your sword, and sub-weapons – like classic Castlevania. You can also slide, double jump, and back dash, and make use of power ups like permanently increasing your max health. You can even embed gems in your gear to upgrade powers and abilities.

The developer’s goal is to make a relatively “simple game” that still has a compelling story and a good number of quests.

A release date for Nightkeep isn’t confirmed, for now you can view the game’s Indiedb page.


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  • Travis Touchdown

    no one is going to play a Metroidvania with a female protagonist.

  • Deathtone

    Nice, I’m sure getting a lot of metroidvania love recently. I’m not complaining btw. Bloodstained is going to have its work cut out that’s for sure.

  • MonsterGogo

    Another one? Still waiting for Chasm / Heart Forth Alicia / Anne / Timespiiner, any day now I’m sure.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing
  • Madbrainbox

    Good one.

  • Dr.Weird

    I smell the socjus on this shit, and I’m out.

  • NukeA6

    This genre is starting to get oversaturated.

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    The FPS is the only over saturated genere, it was almost the only thing that came out during the first half of the 7gen, Metroidvanias are just now making a comeback and i doubt i can name more than 20 (half of wich are still in development)

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    There’s also Iconoclast, Deadcells and another bounch of games that are also ripping off darksouls like Blasfemous, Runic, unformed, Unworthy, Usurper and i’m sure i’m forgetting a few more

  • Maria Maasaa

    Sprite work isn’t great. Can we still not move past Metroid style maps? Why is the bomb only hitting things on the ground? Does the dev not know how a bomb works? This really needs some work.

  • AT-LOW

    “The game doesn’t cater to my pedanticism! Waaah!”

  • AT-LOW

    Got any incriminating links? shit said on twitter, etc? the game looks neat but I won’t support this dev if they’re socjus

  • David Curry

    Just because it’s a female lead? I used to play plenty of female-led Castlevania clones on Genesis and other old systems (before the “female lead” label; they were just called “games” back then)

  • Are you joking?

  • Maria Maasaa

    Nice bait. Too bad I can smell it’s rot from here.

  • poofin

    I’m not keen on supporting the project if that’s true… but echoing what others have already said; I similarly don’t see any evidence of that in the article or the video.

  • Dr.Weird

    I think you misunderstand, I was not saying I see any involvement yet, but the second I do I’m ratting on these fuckers.

  • Dr.Weird

    No because you’re gay.

  • David Curry

    So you got nothing huh?

  • Dr.Weird

    l2english.

  • David Curry

    lol pathetic.

  • Jewelwriter Moonstar

    And yet we got a female heroine in the form of Samus and you’re saying such things?

  • Travis Touchdown

    That’s the joke…

  • Jewelwriter Moonstar

    It’s hard to tell at times considering the group that is addressed.

  • Pix Dev

    Hello,
    developer of Nightkeep here. I hitted this article by a chance today. First let me clarify one thing. As I am not native english speaker I hear socjus term for the very first time. I have no clue what is it about. You can see game on https://twitter.com/PixelABCD or https://www.facebook.com/NightkeepGame/ to verify if it’s socjus (whats that again?) or not.

  • Pix Dev

    I have really not clue what is socjus about. My game is simple, I m not catching todays modern terms.

  • Pix Dev

    I have really no clue what is socjus about. Here’s my twitter https://twitter.com/PixelABCD

  • Dr.Weird

    Social Justice Warriors are those engaged in the cause celebre of shitting on western social values, men, white people, and anything that could be perceived as the norm in western society, they do this by inventing false narratives about rape culture and other phenomenon that only exist in their head and then attacking normal people about them, they’ve leaked heavily into the gaming industry and the american and european indie game scenes in particular in an attempt to “fix” gaming, which seems to be synonymous with making every game character they can a black transsexual lesbian in a wheelchair or some other combination thereof. If you look into the history of the movement it is rooted in a cultural application of marxist principals where whites, males, and non-trans non-disabled people are effectively the hated bourgeoisie that they seek to overthrow to usher in an era of “true” equality, specifically of outcome.

  • Dr.Weird

    That said the game looks good, and if it’s not going to tell me what an evil bastard I am for existing I’ll be happy to give it a shot.

  • Pix Dev

    Give it a shot this winter, I will definitely announce demo on my twitter. My game can’t compete with the games mentioned above. But if someone will like it, then my work counts.

  • Dr.Weird

    Don’t sell yourself short, it looks really good so far and I’m definitely interested.

  • Dr.Weird

    NO U