Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm sets sail for Nintendo Switch, leaving Apple Arcade exclusivity behind.
Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm is a follow up to the original Oceanhorn, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas. The original game was released on iOS back in 2013 and was later ported to Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS Vita and Xbox One.
It was well documented that the original game was very much a Zelda clone and our reviewer agreed, saying: “I’d respect Oceanhorn more if it was an ode to the Zelda series with its own aesthetic, story, or literally anything that would make it feel less like a clone.”
The sequel was released last September and has been available exclusively via Apple’s subscription service, Apple Arcade. The developers Cornfox & Bros. have been dropping hints via email newsletters and Twitter however that the exclusivity would be ending very soon, a notion which they confirmed today with a new video.
The new trailer shows off the game and it’s once again, unabashedly, taking more than just inspiration from The Legend of Zelda series. There are a lot of extreme similarities between the two, even down to the finer details like the blue tunic the protagonist wears, mimicking Link from Breath of the Wild.
While the similarities between the two games are there, the developers say:
“I don’t mind when people make comparisons with Skyward’s Sword or Breath of the Wild, it means we’re giving out the right vibes. If you compare screenshots from Call of Duty and Battlefield it might not always be obvious which one is which, but when you get to play, these games feel quite different. The same is true if you compare Oceanhorn to Zelda or Xenoblade Chronicles – they provide similar experiences but each in its own unique way.”
The developers also say that the narrative of the game more closely resembles that of a Final Fantasy game than anything else.
A console port of Oceanhorn 2 was inevitable, as porting the first game to Switch gave the series a massive surge in sales. The game hits Switch this fall and is “optimized to make the best out of Nintendo’s exceptional console and will include all the improvements seen on other platforms.”
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