ACE Team, the developers behind the surreal first-person brawler Zeno Clash, have recently announced their latest title, called Abyss Odyssey.
Abyss Odyssey is an action-platformer that merges traditional platforming with tenets from fighting games and procedurally-generated levels. Each of the three playable characters has a distinct move set that requires the technical finesse of fighting games to pull off. Dodge-cancels, cancel-into-supers, and other fight-y jargon-y things form the framework of the combat system — and players will need to master all of these to be truly effective.
What’s particularly interesting is that each of the monsters has an equivalent move set with their own special moves and governing AI, and it is possible to obtain the souls of enemies and play directly as them. Watching the reveal video, the system does seems to favour a more considered, slower approach to combat; enemies are clearly more agile adversaries for it.