Former Nintendo Head Dan Adelman Joins Metroid-Like Chasm

Developer Discord Games has added Dan Adelman to its current project, Chasm. Adelman is the former head of Nintendo’s digital sector, prior to leaving the company to become an indie sort of person.

For those who don’t remember Chasm: It’s a 2D, side-scrolling game in the style of Metroid and Castlevania titles with a few roleplaying game (RPG) elements. Its gameplay sees a character try to maneuver through six procedurally generated worlds, created through an assembly of handcrafted rooms.  There’s an emphasis on platform elements, complete with pitfalls, as well as combat that features a selection of different enemies. Boss fights are present as well.

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A feature of Chasm that links it to its classic examples is that the character can unlock new abilities. These skills allow for the exploration of previously encountered areas that weren’t yet accessible. It’s molded in a spectacular pixel art style, rich in detail and color contrast.

With years of experience, Dan Adelman will provide insights on PR and marketing for Chasm. Previously, Adelman already announced contributions to another great 2D game, Axiom Verge.

Chasm is currently planned for the second half of 2015, which is still a ways to go. It will arrive for certain on PC and Playstation 4, though other venues are left open as well. In an update post, Adelman mentions:

We’re looking into what it would take to bring it to other consoles, such as the one from my former employer [Nintendo]. We’re still in the due diligence phase.

Chasm was part of a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, where it amassed $190,000 in funds. It managed to unlock a few reasonable stretch goals, such as an extended soundtrack and achievements.

We don’t know about you, but both games Dan Adelman is tied to have been on our anticipated list for a while now. There can definitely be a few more of these, before the genre is played out.


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