“People call them outcasts. Screw people.”
The Arcade Crew and 1P2P released the first official trailer of Young Souls, an upcoming beat ’em up featuring a modern take on its visuals, following the story of two brothers searching for their parents with narrative-driven RPG elements.
Motorcycles and scarfs contrasted with a sword and a mighty axe. Young Souls looks like the perfect mashup between our current era and a fantasy tale. One moment, we are witnessing the lives of the teenage protagonists Tristan and Jenn, while in the other, they’re facing mighty beasts from the opposite face of the earth itself. As expected, they are the only ones who can stop them.
Aside from the usual beatings using medieval weaponry and shields, you can also see a mana bar on the trailer, suggesting there will be magic involved as well. By far my favourite part was the equipment screen for each character, being able to select between different armor pieces that not only customize the visuals of the younglings, but add significant changes and buffs as well.
In itself, Young Souls resonates more with recent takes of the genre such as Castle Crashers than the classics. Features also include over 70 dungeons and the possibility to play single player (by switching between the twins) or with a co-op partner that can drop in and out at any time.
The beat ’em up and narrative-driven RPG hybrid is being published by The Arcade Crew (Blazing Chrome, Dark Devotion) and developed by 1P2P (Inside My Radio – winner of Ludem Dare 23). At the same time, Matthew Ritter (The Walking Dead game, Nova Phase graphic novels) is working on the writing.