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UFO 50 Announced by the Developers of Spelunky and Downwell

UFO 50 Announced by the Developers of Spelunky and Downwell

"The website reads, 'Our goal is to combine a familiar 8-bit aesthetic with new ideas and modern game design sensibilities", and is clear that 'they are full games and not microgames or minigames!

While there are plenty of retro-influenced games out there already, UFO 50 is interesting not just because of its expansive concept, but also because of the pedigree of its creators. The titles hit across a huge spread of genres from puzzles to beat 'em ups. So it's somewhat surprising to realise that its designer, Derek Yu, hasn't undertaken anything new since then. All of these games will launch on the PC next year - specific date not stated - but there's indication they'll also be arriving on other platforms, likely the major consoles, at some point after that. The trailer below shows off a little over half of what's in there, so give it a look to get ready for the lost 8-bit catalog of a publisher that never existed. UFO 50, as its title suggests, isn't just one game, but fifty of. Mossmouth says the entire collection could take more than 100 hours to play through.

UFO 50 will also have a story. What's more is that the games are connected in an overarching narrative, as the premise claims that they were all created by a secret company in the 80's that was ahead of its time. All of them will have a single-player mode, and roughly a third will feature some form of multiplayer as well. The games compilation is expected to drop in early 2018. Right around the same time, two other indie developers, Jon Perry and Eirik Suhrke, tweeted different images using the same hashtag. The price of the title has not been announced yet.