Unleash the Power of a Demi-God
Many classic video games draw on religion, mythology, and cultural heritage to give their stories, mechanics, and characters more power. One modern example of this is Hades, Supergiant’s stunning Greek mythology-inspired roguelite. Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards does something similar, but with an entirely new focus: Inca mythology. This isometric action-RPG stars the titular Aluna, the demi-god daughter of a Spanish conquistador and South American nature goddess Pachamama, as she embarks on a quest to restore the amulet her mother entrusted to her–and fulfill her destiny. Players will explore 16th century Latin America, use magic and a variety of weapons to overcome foes, and do battle with mythological beasts from Colombian tales. If this release date trailer is anything to go by, it’ll be a great time.
Believe it or not, Aluna started life as a comic book superhero created by Paula Garces and Antonio Hernandez. She currently stars in an ongoing book called The World of Aluna, written by Assassin’s Creed and Batman: Arkham Origins scribes Ryan Galletta, Dooma Wendschuch, and Corey May. A demi-god fighting evil and figuring out where she stands in 16th century Colombia sounds pretty awesome, but the press release suggests that Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards will be less superhero and more pulpy adventure. Not that we’re complaining. It’s hard to beat a good pulp.
“I love comic books and video games, yet as a Latin American woman, I never saw myself reflected in the media I was consuming. Antonio and I created Aluna to change that,” said Aluna creator Paula Garces, who also voices Aluna in the game. “Creating the comic book series was a thrill, but letting players actually embody Aluna and see the world through her eyes in a video game is a dream come true!”
Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards is all set to bring 16th Century Latin America to life in a way we’ve never seen before. Let’s hope this adventure goes down in history.
Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards is now available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for $19.99.
SOURCE: Press Release