Playism is a multi-faceted game distribution company that does it all including publishing, marketing, localization, and debugging. They’ve been involved with the international release of many notable indie titles including Bright Memory, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, La Mulana 2, 2064: Read Only Memories, VA-11 Hall-A, Half Minute Hero, and more.
Despite the cancellation of GDC 2020, we had the opportunity to chat with various developers that have partnered with Playism. One of them is Team Ladybug, the small indie team behind Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth. Like their previous game, Touhou Lunar Nights, their latest project is a unique take on the Metroidvania genre. Similar to Bright Memory, Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth launched on Steam as an early access title and is currently under development.
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The early access build is fun, but short and has left fans wanting more. When can we expect the next major content update?
We appreciate the positive comments regarding the early access version. You can expect the next major update in June.
Will those not familiar with Record of Lodoss War have trouble following what’s going on?
As the game is still in early access, we understand the difficulty for those not familiar with the source material to understand the story. As new content is added we plan to make it so that even newcomers will be able to get a handle on what is going on.
Does this game have any other inspirations besides Castlevania: Symphony of the Night?
Given the current culture of anime consumption, what brought about new Record of Lodoss War media in 2020?
Actually, we were approached by an editor of the Record of Lodoss War novel. So we began reviewing the source material and putting together some ideas.
Once we began doing this we found that Lodoss and Team Ladybug’s pixel art start went together really well and decided to run with it.
What makes Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth stand out from other games in the Metroidvania genre?
The Ikaruga style element type switch gameplay is not something you see so much in other games.
Also, the concept for the story is “Exploration” and we have built the levels and the gameplay to really reflect that. This will become even clearer in the coming updates.
Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonderland is an early access title that’s available on Steam.
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