Ever since the first in-development footage of Dust: An Elysian Tail surfaced years ago, I’ve been following it like a hawk. It went on to win Microsoft’s Dream Build Play contest, and secured itself an Xbox Live Arcade publishing deal. Now, it’s the crowning item in this year’s Summer of Arcade event. Next week, on August 15th, it finally releases on XBLA for $15/1200MSP. Here’s the rather Hollywood launch trailer:
The game is an impressively large Metroid-esque platform adventure RPG, with a combat engine reminiscent of Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden. All of that – voice acting and music aside – is entirely the work of one man. Can’t get much more indie than that. This is probably the most ambitious solo project to be released on XBLA, and one of the highest-budget solo releases that I’m aware of, period.
IGM are currently hacking through the game right now, and will have a full review up on Monday. Dust will be available to buy on Wednesday, August 15th. It’s exclusive to Xbox 360 at the moment, although given that Fez is now planning to jump ship once its exclusivity deal ends, perhaps this one might make it back to PC someday.