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A Valley Without Wind 2 In Alpha Testing
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

A new Games By Design blog posting reveals that A Valley Without Wind 2 is now in closed alpha testing. The post reveals new screenshots, a trailer, and details about the sequel to Arcen Games' A Valley Without Wind. Those who purchased the original will receive the sequel for free, and those without the original will be able to get it by buying the sequel.

So What, In A Nutshell, Is Different From A Valley Without Wind 1?

Well, the art is obviously very much better -- that's an easy one. But pretty much the entirety of the gameplay has been revamped, too. The original game had drifted a lot toward the MMO genre in its design, and we've reigned that back in and are planted solidly back in Metroidvania territory where we had always intended to be.

Even within the genre of Metroidvania, we're doing some really interesting and unique things, though. Combat is more visceral and tactile this time around. Spells have mass and can block each other, and the way enemies are designed and placed has been re-thought from the ground up. Combat has been slowed down to some extent, but also made far more intense.

The "mage classes" give defined loadouts that are still way more flexible than your average Metroidvania title. And the feats and perks give interesting customization. While our interpretation of equipment gives a mild taste of random loot drops, though that's not a major focus here; if you're expecting a Diablo or a Torchlight experience, you're going to be sorely disappointed with that aspect. But it's really cool and unique for the Metroidvania genre.

Check out the new information at the links below.

A Valley Without Wind 2 Alpha Blog
A Valley Without Wind 2 Trailer
A Valley Without Wind 2
Buy A Valley Without Wind 2


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