Save Mythringal from the Cold Ones and subvert an ancient prophecy in the dark metroidvania The Last Faith
“Imagine, you are living an adventure at the edge of reality in a gloomy world drowned by superstition. It’s another world, a remote land built upon dark and Gothic architectures, right at the centre of a supernatural vortex, an unknown place. Discover the secrets of a decadent world where an ancient religion is the law. Face horrific beasts to subvert an hidden prophecy.”
This is the world of The Last Faith, “an exploration-based Metroidvania, action side-scrolling platformer with dark and gothic themes at its core.” Currently in development by Italian devs Kumi Souls Games, their Kickstarter project has already earned over $40,000 USD, just $15,000 short of its goal. With 584 backers and 29 days left to go at the time of this writing, it’s only a matter of time before The Last Faith closes in on receiving its full funding.
With plans to release on Nintendo Switch, XBox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam (PC/Mac), The Last Faith promises to be the dark metroidvania that retro gaming fans across all platforms could easily sink their teeth into, with the devs touting delightful promises such as:
- satisfying reactive action combat system
- a high number of different weapons
- use of the special buffs to power up you weapons
- a variety of magic spells to support your combats
- a giant world with terrific environments
- a highly detailed pixel art style
The story of The Last Faith follows a man named Eric as he unravels the dark conspiracy surrounding Mythringal, a once thriving metropolis now fallen into despair after civil war and plagues ravaged the landscape. By day, he takes on the “Cold Ones,” a cursed race borne out of the ashes of the capital’s former glory; by night, his mind is ravaged by nightmares of the hidden prophecy, of gods and false prophets, of abominations bent on destroying what’s left of humanity. May fate shine brightly upon Eric as he restores the world to its rightful state and rids the land of these wicked creatures.
Armed with many different types of weapons, such as swords, scythes, axes, and guns, and a wide array of spells, such as fire, ice, lightning, and darkness, The Last Faith offers satisfying combat that sticks to what makes the genre great. One particularly interesting point in combat is the amount of dodges available to use, including a back dodge, tactical dodge, and evasive dodge. No doubt these differing types of dodges will come in handy when beating baddies across different environments and terrains.
Speaking of environments — like any good metroidvania, The Last Faith features a hefty amount of non-linear levels to explore all at your own pace. Every step counts, with tons of hidden treasure, secret enemies, perplexing puzzles, and more. It’ll take plenty of hours to discover it all, with each new find sure to amuse players fond of Castlevania and other retro classics.
The level design in The Last Faith is to be tremendously applauded. With majestic castles that hearken back to the gothic/baroque/rococo style of yore, the immersion is immediate despite the pixels. Just watching these gifs makes me feel the cold chill of stone walls!
Best part? You can pet the cat.
You guys I seriously can’t stop picking out cool gifs for this article.
Like look at this! The gifs speak for themselves!
Should the project receive its full funding, The Last Faith has a tentative release date sometime in September 2021.
Interested in backing the project? Show some love to The Last Faith on their Kickstarter page.