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PAX East 2022: Lucid Crosses Celeste With Metroidvania Mechanics

Apogee’s rebranding has been a form of return to kind for the decades-old writer. Its roots are in fast-paced video games and it is persevering with to work with builders making fast-paced video games. Turbo Overkill, a sport that appears at Doom Everlasting and says, “that is too gradual” proves that a lot. The corporate’s number of video games at PAX East 2022 may be very a lot in that very same vein, save for one which it determined to maintain secret. That sport is Lucid, a platformer being developed by one man, Eric Manahan, and it is a far cry from the opposite video games Apogee is exhibiting off.

As an alternative of a shooter accompanied by pumped-up music meant to ship gamers into some form of blood rage, Lucid opts for a calmer strategy. It pulls the identical chill vibes from Celeste, in addition to that sport’s motion, all whereas throwing gamers into the center of a Metroidvania-like map.

To be clear although, I wasn’t capable of truly play Lucid. The sport, which Eric has been growing for only a 12 months and a half, wasn’t precisely secure for customers to play. “So I used to be requested to return to PAX East very last-minute by Apogee. I used to be woefully unprepared as a result of I just about tore aside the sport, I used to be fixing some stuff, so I assumed nothing of it. Then I obtained right here and by noon, somebody requested me, ‘hey do you’ve got a construct?’ and I needed to make one. I scrambled, I put one collectively, I tied some rooms collectively and that is how I used to be capable of present it.”

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