Red Candle Games is best known for its work on psychological horror games like Detention and (the highly controversial) Devotion, but it’s making a big swerve for its next project, Nine Sols. The Taiwanese developer announced its next project on Thursday, calling it a “2D action platformer with Sekiro-inspired deflection-focused combat.”
The developer is, of course, referring to FromSoftware’s samurai action game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which requires fast reflexes and patience to prevail in combat.
On social media, Red Candle further describes Nine Sols as a “lore rich” and “hand-drawn” Asian fantasy. “[E]xplore the land once home to an ancient alien race, and follow a vengeful hero’s quest to slay the 9 Sols, formidable rulers of this forsaken realm.”
The developer also released a piece of artwork for Nine Sols, showing a catlike creature staring at its own reflection in a pool of blood. While the character appears to exist in a futuristic, cyberpunk world, the environment reflecting in the pool appears to be hyper-natural, with floating mountains and a large moon in the deep background.
Back in March, Red Candle posted a short video teaser of a work-in-progress project, which appears to match Nine Sols’ description.
Work in progress pic.twitter.com/yPiNIWEOv6— redcandlegames (@redcandlegames) March 19, 2021
Red Candle Games did not announce a release window or platforms for Nine Sols. The developer released 2017’s Detention on a variety of PC, mobile, and console platforms, while its follow-up game, 2019’s Devotion, was for Mac and Windows PC only.