Update: No real surprise here, but Freedom Planet 2 is officially confirmed for at least one Nintendo platform.
Freedom Planet 2 will follow a similar platform release as FP1: PC/Mac/Linux first followed by Nintendo, plus more depending on resources.
— GalaxyTrail (@galaxytrail) December 25, 2015
GalaxyTrail has announced Freedom Planet 2, a follow-up to the Wii U eShop game released in October. We’ve included a brief trailer and teaser below.
“Join the heroes of Avalice as they face their greatest challenge yet! An ancient terror has emerged from the depths of the ocean. Merga, a water dragon from Avalice’s oldest and deadliest war, has been freed from her crystal prison as a consequence of the Kingdom Stone’s destruction. War is imminent once again, but this time, the heroes are split between sides. As friendships are tested, will the girls stand united when Bakunawa rises?”
There’s quite a bit that’s new/changed in Freedom Planet 2. GalaxyTrail is updating the game’s style, and will introduce features such as a flexible difficulty, guarding, and revivals. Details about each of these can be found after the break.
Our Heroines Have Grown Up… Sort of!
The first Freedom Planet game had a low screen resolution as a nod to retro platforming, but as a result, the characters had to be drawn with exaggerated body proportions for easy readability. The consequence? Well, we dare you to read an article about Freedom Planet that doesn’t compare it to the exploits of a certain cobalt-tinted erinaceinae. Freedom Planet 2 is all about advancing and evolving our style into something truly distinguishable, and this should also be reflected in the appearance of the characters.
The story justifies this change. It has been several years since the events of the first game, and the girls have undergone formal training in order to strengthen and refine their fighting abilities. They’ve graduated from coincidental world-savers into full-time heroes! Despite this, they’ve held on to the characteristics that made them lovable in Freedom Planet 1.
Instead of standard difficulty levels, Freedom Planet 2 introduces a flexible difficulty system that lets you change the rules of the game temporarily to make certain stages easier or harder. Using special Gold Gems found in stages or crafted by fusing your regular crystals, you can modify specific parameters: Add more lives, alter attack damage, and more. Gone are the days where you switched to Easy mode reluctantly to get past a troublesome boss – This time, a Gold Gem can tip the odds in your favor!
No longer will you have to rely on your special move to avoid damage! By tapping the Guard button, your character will summon a split-second shield that can block or parry oncoming attacks. While highly powerful or long-lasting attacks can’t be Guarded against completely, a properly timed Guard will avoid most of the damage and soften the blow. This will allow players to get creative with our boss fights.
Imagine fighting a difficult boss, and losing right before you land the final blow. ARRRGH! Normally, you would have to start the fight all over again. In Freedom Planet 2, you’ll have another option: Revivals.
When you’re knocked out cold, you can spend one of your extra lives on the spot to get back up and keep fighting. You’ll recover a small number of life petals, so if you’re not careful, you may lose yet another life. On the bright side, you’ll gain a few seconds of invincibility on revival, which just might be all you need to make a solid comeback.
As you can imagine, Revivals will have a more noticeable impact outside boss fights, where you can search for life petals to restore yourself to full strength. This helps prevent players from losing a large amount of time by having to restart at their last checkpoint.
Caution: Your character can’t revive if their body is disintegrated!
Freedom Planet 2 is targeted for launch in mid-2017.