Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel, the creators behind The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy, have revealed their new indie title: The End Is Nigh! Debuting in the genre of adventure platformer, The End Is Nigh is set to launch on Steam on July 12th. The team is also planning to release the game for Nintendo Switch and "possibly [other] consoles" at a later date.
In a recent blog entry, McMillen went on to explain their creative process, saying that he and Glaiel had been working on Ouroboros (a new platforming shooter game) for over a year when they decided to pause focus their efforts on a new joint idea. It sounds like they wound up cannibalizing some of the best elements of all of their games and ended up with a series of coherent levels which "felt perfect."
"Once again what started as a 2 week mini project sprawled into, by far, the largest game (level wise) I’ve ever worked on. I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished with this game, it embodies aspects of basically every game I’ve ever created and I’m super excited to see what you guys think." — Edmund McMillen
The teaser trailer and screenshots are available on Steam already, but we've included them here in the post for your convenience.
The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer where the player takes control over Ash, one of few “things” that have “survived” the “end of the world”.
Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endless swarm of decaying, mutant animal-like creatures and help aid his final epic quest… to simply make a friend (out of pieces of people he finds along his journey).
Oh, also you collect video game cartridges and tumors! if that does anything for ya.
- 600+ levels!
- 12+ explorable chapters!
- 20+ collectible and fully playable mini game cartridges! (each with their own tiny achievements!)
- 80+ achievements that will make you feel good about yourself
- 100s of collectible little squishy tumors!
- loads of hidden extras and endings that you will probably see someone else find before you do!
- and stress!
Edmund McMillen said that he is continuing to work on The Legend of Bum-bo, another project currently in development which is scheduled to release in December 2017. He also claims that Ouroboros, while currently on hiatus, "will eventually see a release." We can expect announcements to be scarce however, as McMillen has decided to keep to the method of "only going to announce stuff a month or two before release."
Is anyone else getting an Undertale feel from the trailer? Maybe more Super Meat Boy but better? Will you be getting your hands on a copy? Let us know in the comments below!