Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight is one of the most creative development events to be found. A ton of employees pitch their games to the greater gaming community, we pick our favorites, and then Double Fine makes a series of two-week prototypes for them. Then, depending on how the prototypes are received, they become real games. One of those games, as confirmed today, is now Hack 'n' Slash.
Hack 'n' Slash, as per Double Fine's modus operandi, is a rather unique take on 2D adventure games. See, the protagonist is an elven hacker, and in order to progress through the game the player will have to help the elf hack various parts of the game in order to progress. That's computer hacking, by the way, no just swinging a sword. This mix of new tech with adventure game fundamentals has the potential to breathe some fresh air into the "retro" genre.
If you're confused by the concept, don't worry, because Double Fine's Tim Schafer is right there with you:
"Look, I’m going to be honest with you here: I don’t really understand what’s going on inside this game’s code. I believe it contains ‘algorithms.’ But I know what’s going on inside my heart when I play it. And that is joy."
Perhaps what's most inspirational about Hack 'n' Slash isn't necessarily the game itself, but how it came to be. Hack 'n' Slash is part of a two-game deal that received funding through Indie Fund and investors like the Humble Bundle, Hemisphere Games, make all, AppAbove Games, Adam Saltsman, The Behemoth, Morgan Webb and Rob Reid. It's practically crowd-funded! Hack 'n' Slash's partner game, Spacebase DF-9 recuperated its investment in just two weeks of early-release.
Am I interested in Hack 'n' Slash? Absolutely. More than that, however, I'm inspired to support Double Fine's dedication to small-team development and creative ideas. Plus, on top of that, they welcome their community to view the process and provide input. At times it can seem a bit much, especially with charging for what's essentially beta testing, but if it results in more unique games, then take my money Double Fine.
Hack 'n' Slash is coming to Windows, Mac and Linux both via Steam and DRM-free in the first half of 2014.