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Mark “Messhof” Essen has announced on Twitter that 2014’s Nidhogg is getting a sequel. Nidhogg 2 is currently in development and is set to build upon the mechanics of the original. Nidhogg 2 is set to be released in 2017. A teaser trailer showing off the new look of the game can be seen below.
— Mark Essen (@messhof) September 29, 2016
Nidhogg 2, from a technical standpoint, seems to be staying consistent with the original. It is still a side scroller where the player uses a variety of weapons to duel their opponent. Players can still move all around the map while they duel, boomerang their weapons, and use their fists to fight as well. One of the biggest differences in this sequel is the art style. In the trailer, the new design is revealed and rather than keeping the minimalist style of the original, they have gone with a more over the top aesthetic. It is an interesting change but does make sense. The minimalist “8-bit” aesthetic is most definitely the ultimate indie dev cliché. Some of the games new weapons are also shown off in the teaser trailer and these include: bow and arrows, daggers, and battle axes.
Nidhogg 2, according to the new trailer’s description will have quite a few new features. There will be new moves added to Nidhogg 2 to diversify the gameplay. There will also be an addition of more weapons for players to have at their disposal. Nidhogg 2 will also have 10 new and different arenas for players to run around and brutalize one another within. Nidhogg 2 will also include art work by Toby Dixon as well as music by artists like Daedelus, Mux Mool, and Dose One. More musical collaborations will be announced as the project progresses. The game will have online and local multiplayer as a single player mode.
Nidhogg 2’s Steam page can be seen here. Nidhogg 2 has not as of yet been announced for other platforms but it is worth noting that on their Steam page they are listed as supporting cross platform multiplayer. The original Nidhogg was made available on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita after its initial PC release. One can assume those announcements may come as the project gets further along in development.