Nine Sols is the next game from studio Devotion Red Candle Games, and it’s a bit of a departure for the Taiwanese team. While Devotion and its predecessor Detention were both chilling survival horror games, Nine Sols is a 2D platformer “with Sekiro-inspired deflection-focused combat.” The studio describes the setting as “Taopunk”.
The above trailer shows the first substantial gameplay footage of Nine Sols. It looks seriously impressive, blending Hollow Knight’s fluid 2D movement with what definitely feels like a more complex approach to combat. Red Candle has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help complete the project, which still does not have a release window.
Crowdfunding tiers are typical: around $20 gets you a digital copy of the game, though the highest tier, which charges over $1,000, is sold out and includes an invitation to “co-write a short story in the game”, among others. things. The campaign has already well exceeded its target of NT$3,000,000 (approximately $105,000) with 48 days to spare, so it has clearly piqued people’s interest.
The interest is unsurprising. Devotion is a brilliantly atmospheric horror game, but its profile has also been boosted by its release history. The game was pulled from sale weeks after its initial launch in 2019 due to an unfavorable reference to the Chinese president. This representation led to heavy bombardment from Chinese users, but more consequentially, resulted in the game’s Chinese publisher’s commercial license being revoked. It took two years, but Devotion can be purchased directly from Red Candle.