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A Sekiro-inspired 2D platformer is coming from the creators of Devotion

Red Candle Games teases its next game, Nine Sols

Flipped artwork of Nine Sols from Red Candle Games Image: Red Candle Games
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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.

First artwork of Nine Sols, featuring a catlike creature studying its own reflection in a pool of blood. The environment in the reflection appears different from the creature’s world. Image: Red Candle Games

Back in March, Red Candle posted a short video teaser of a work-in-progress project, which appears to match Nine Sols’ description.

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.