Dust: An Elysian Tail Dev May Have Just Teased a Sequel

The creator of Dust: An Elysian Tail shares a comic strip celebrating the game’s 10th anniversary that appears to hint at an upcoming sequel.

Independent games are still a rather recent addition to the video game industry. In their infancy, many indie games were developed by incredibly small teams. One of the most iconic ambitious early indie games is Dust: An Elysian Tail, developed by lone developer Dean Dodrill. As Dust: An Elysian Tail turns 10 years old today, Dodrill has shared a special comic commemorating the occasion and possibly teasing a sequel.

Dust: An Elysian Tail first launched on Xbox 360 in August 2012. The game was published by Microsoft as an Xbox 360 exclusive after it won an event called the Microsoft Dream.Build.Play Challenge that resulted in the company picking it up for publishing. The game is a 2D platformer with Metroidvania and RPG elements similar to games from Vanillaware like Odin Sphere and Muramasa: The Demon Blade. The game features a heavy emphasis on 2D combat and exploration, on top of a voice acted story. The game was later ported to PS4 in 2014 and received a Nintendo Switch version in 2018.


Since releasing Dust: An Elysian Tale, Dean Dodrill and his studio Humble Hearts has developed Never Stop Sneakin’, a stealth game inspired by the Metal Gear Solid series that launched on PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS in 2017. Since then, the studio has been silent on what it has been developing for almost five years.

Dodrill may have finally broken his silence today however, as the developer posted a comic celebrating Dust: An Elysian Tail‘s 10th anniversary on his personal Twitter account. The comic features the game’s two protagonists, Dust and Fidget, as they break the fourth wall, reflecting on the game’s legacy and development a decade on from its release. The comic ends with Dust claiming that he believes that the future has great things ahead for them before looking at the sun rise in the final panel.

Many fans have already begun to interpret this comic as implying that a sequel is in development, which would make sense considering Humble Hearts’ nearly five year break since releasing any new titles. A new Dust game would likely be huge in scope, building on the developer’s decade-long experience since releasing the title. It would also have to compete with the slew of action RPG/Metroidvania indies that have grown in popularity over the past few years such as Hollow Knight and Ori and the Blind Forest.

Dust: An Elysian Tail is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox 360.

Source: Gamerant

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