Devolver Digital and Sabotage Studio have announced that their love letter to retro Metroidvania game genre, The Messenger, is coming to PlayStation 4 on 19 March 2019, following the release on PC and Nintendo Switch in late 2018.
Thierry Boulanger, the CEO of Sabotage Studio, has been almost a lifelong fan of Ninja Gaiden series as he received Ninja Gaiden 2 as a present from his grandfather. Therefore, it is by no means a stretch to state that The Messenger is both a love letter and a homage to the classic series.
The game arrived in late 2018 to PC and Nintendo Switch, earning many positive reviews from critics and players alike. It was sitting at 95 per cent positive reviews on Steam at the time of writing, with Metacritic scores a bit lower, hovering in the 80s range.
For those unfamiliar with the title, it is a continuation of the classic games such as Metroid, Ninja Gaiden and Castlevania. The art is obviously in 8-bit sprites, although there are some that are 16-bit. The protagonist's appearance leaves no doubt where Sabotage took their inspiration from as the ninja looks the same as Ryu Hayabusa did all those decades ago.
The story dictates that the young ninja's clan was besieged by demonic forces and it is up to him to stop them while controlling portals that take him between worlds. While the NES classics also contained some sort of progression through the collectable hearts, weapons or other trinkets, The Messenger seeks to expand on that aspect by adding character upgrades and new abilities.
Since the game is all pixelated, one would expect it to run on just about every machine, but the minimum requirements on Steam list the i5-4210 CPU which is not exactly low end just yet. This is good news for PS4 owners though as the regular console contains more powerful components, let alone PS4 Pro.
There is currently no info on the pricing, but it will likely cost $19,99 / €19,99 / £17,49.