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Lovely Planet sequel gets a name and teaser

Lovely Planet Arcade
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In an effort to be mildly confusing, the sequel to 2014's Lovely Planet (one of my favorite games of that year) will be called Lovely Planet Arcade. But it's not the same game repackaged as a downloadable Xbox 360 game, which is sort of what it sounds like—it's truly a new game.

Back in October, we learned that creator Vidhvat Madan is ditching the y-axis in the sequel for a new style of hyper-precise speedrunning, and that's reinforced by today's press release: no looking up or down. Also new are mirror and fast mode modifiers—as if Lovely Planet wasn't hard enough—and something about collecting evidence to "uncover the mysteries of the Arcade." But the y-axis change is the really interesting choice.

Lovely Planet Arcade will be playable at PAX South at the end of this month, and out on Steam in the summer. Until then, we have the strange, loud teaser above to enjoy.

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.