Our Weekly Update on News we've heard around the web relating to Metroidvania Games.

The Metroidvania Review will be keeping its ear to the floor for any Metroidvania related news, and on a weekly basis we gather it up and share it with you. This will primarily be links to other sites, and you may have already heard the news throughout the week, but in case you missed something we hope to provide a good summary for what’s out there.

If you hear any interesting Metroidvania news – New Games, Major Updates to Existing Games, interviews with Metroidvania developers, or anything else of merit – share it with us and we will share it here on this weekly post with credit given to the finder (Please provide a link to your social media so we can send them back your way.) Even if you find something we already knew about, we’ll still give you credit.

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New Release – Journey to the Savage Planet

Journey to the Savage Planet is a comedy 3D Metroidvania that is out now on PS4, the Epic Store, and the Xbox One!

Initial reviews are generally positive, with a 75-76 average on Metacritic and Open Critic. From what we’ve heard, the game’s sense of humor may be hit or miss for you, but as far as we’re concerned, we’re happy to see more 3D Metroidvanias enter the scene.

New Steam Pages

Alwa’s Legacy
We found out about the kickstarter just a couple of weeks ago, and now Alwa’s Legacy has its Steam page. I really look forward to seeing how the cliffhanger we were left with in Alwa’s Awakening is finally resolved! This will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One as well.

Xevorel – The Way Of The Feather
This Xevoral is the first in an episodic series that will be coming to Mobile platforms as well. It touts a focus on puzzles and bow-based combat, and the general atmosphere seems ponderous, with a high potential for environmental storytelling.

Sulver’s Journey
“If you are a fan of the Mega Man X series, you will love Sulver’s Journey” is the standout tagline in the store description. That suggests to me that this will fall more in line with that series rather than being nearer to Metroid or Castlevania. But, the developers also chose to include the Metroidvania tag, so maybe the exploration aspect of the X series will be more heavily emphasized.

Dawnthorn is a prequel to Hazlenut Bastille, another top-down Zelda-like game that they are claiming has Metroidvania-like progression. Whether Zelda also counts as “Metroidvania” is sometimes a point of contention on internet boards, so I’m interested if these two games will balk some of the arguments made against Zelda’s belonging. But, as a fan of Zelda games myself, I’ll be perfectly okay if they’re just great Zelda-like games without drastically changing the formula.

Stay Tuned for More

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for more news around the web.