WayForward announced that they will handle publishing for the upcoming game LUNARK. This game comes from developer Canari Games and is a cinematic platformer drawing motivation from classic 2D games like Prince of Persia, Flashback, and Out of this World. LUNARK has been funded by a Kickstarter campaign and has a sci-fi adventure waiting for players in a retro aesthetic.
Set in a far future where Earth’s moon has been transformed into a vessel for humanity’s survival and a totalitarian regime reigns supreme, LUNARK puts players in control of Leo, a courier with unique abilities and a mysterious past. As he gets unwittingly caught up in the rebellion against LUNARK’s iron fist, Leo must run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot his way out of one life-threatening situation after another as he navigates impressively animated pixel-art environments ranging from a dystopian megalopolis to eerie caves to an alien forest. Using their reflexes and their wits, players must overcome traps, solve puzzles, earn upgrades, and battle enemy droids, and when they aren’t fighting for survival, they’ll find themselves interacting with a cast of colorful characters who will put Leo’s allegiances to the test.
Sharing his excitement about the partnership, creator Johan Vinet said:
Years ago, WayForward was one of the first companies to give me a chance as a freelance artist. nowing the passion they put into their games, accepting this partnership was a no-brainer. LUNARK couldn’t be in better hands.
Voldi Way of WayForward added:
From impeccable level design to top-notch storytelling and animation, LUNARK is a perfect homage to the great cinematic platformers of the past, yet stands out as something exciting and new. It is our privilege to be teaming up with Canari Games to help bring LUNARK to players.
In addition, it was recently announced that Limited Run Games will release a physical edition of LUNARK when it releases. The game will be available on Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S later this year. The physical edition will be on select platforms such as Switch, PS4, and PS5.