After a successful Kickstarter that raised over $54,000 against a $15,000 goal in 2013, Old Moon Games released a trailer for Ghost Song. The side-scrolling action game gives nods to past games like Metroid and Castlevania, with a decidedly desolate feeling to the environment.
In Ghost Song, players navigate the main character through gorgeous, ambient settings with the feeling of loneliness that is heavily inspired by Super Metroid. Matt White, the creator of Ghost Song, also claims to draw inspiration from Dark Souls.
"Playing that game was an extremely formative experience for me as a game designer, and has caused me to rethink everything," White says. "I've learned some things that aren't supposed to be okay really are okay. For example: Putting a large, stunning, noteworthy portion of the map behind the most unlikely illusionary wall."
Despite these influences, Ghost Song is not meant to be punishing or unforgiving, and instead subscribes to the "tough but fair" school of thought according to White. For surpassing the $20,000 mark in its Kickstarter campaign, Ghost Song features a hardcore mode with reduced resources and more enemies, giving fans of Dark Souls something to look forward to in the difficulty department. Ghost Song is set for release in 2015 for PC, Mac, and Linux.