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Heavy metal platformer Valfaris gets October release date

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Valfaris, the heavy metal action-platformer in space that was shown off at this year's PC Gaming Show (opens in new tab), has been stamped with a October 10 release date.

The new trailer, above, is a lot like the one we saw in June, but it's reminded me just how impressive the weapons look. As rocker/warrior Therion, you're tasked with ridding a hulking space citadel of its demonic inhabitants by way of flamethrowers, laser beams, shotguns, rocket launchers, energy swords, satanic tentacles, a gun that shoots gold skulls and something called the Envoy of Destruction, which is immediately the one I want to use most.

You'll strike ever-deeper into the citadel, beating grunts and bosses alike. Those boss battles look like the centerpieces of the game: the trailer shows some of the big bads, such as a towering figure in black armor with fire coming out of its hands, and a floating eye surrounded by other, smaller eyes.

I'm also impressed with how much detail the team at Steel Mantis have got out of the pixel art. Every monster explodes in a shower of gibs, and projectiles buzz with energy and blue lightning.

It's developed by the same team as Slain: Back from Hell, an action-platformer from 2016 that has 'mostly positive (opens in new tab)' reviews on Steam.

Valfaris will be out on Steam (opens in new tab), GOG (opens in new tab) and the Humble Store (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.