FDG Entertainment has announced the spiritual Monster Boy sequel, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, will release on Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 6.
The E3 trailer is above. You can also watch the new Indie Highlights trailer from Nintendo here (Monster Boy’s segment runs from 2:00-4:00).
Monster Boy stars Jin, a young hero on his quest to save Monster World Kingdom. It’s a 2D platformer that incorporates Metroidvania elements, such as gaining new weapons and abilities that unlock new paths.
The gameplay features over 15 hours of adventure in the interconnected world. Jin can transform into six different shapes, each with their own abilities. Everything is all hand drawn, including battle animations and facial expressions. The soundtrack includes music from several noteworthy Japanese composers.
The Switch version will support 1080p and 60 frames per second in docked TV mode, and 720p in handheld mode.
If the title ‘Monster Boy’ sounds familiar, you’re probably remembering the recent remake, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which released last year. That game was a remake of the 1989 Sega Game Gear platformer. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, however, is not a remake, but an official sequel (the last Wonder Boy game was in 1994). It was developed with Ryuichi Nishizawa, the original creator of the Wonder Boy series, who also worked with DotEmu for The Dragon’s Trap remake.
FDG Entertainment did not get the Wonder Boy naming rights from Sega, hence the name change to Monster Boy. It’s being developed by French studio Game Atelier. The game will be playable at the Nintendo booth at Gamescom in Germany this week.
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom will launch on November 6 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. It’s rated E for Everyone. Pre-order the Launch Edition to receive a 24-page instruction booklet and 2 sticker sheets.