The studio behind Another Metroid 2 Remake, better known as AM2R, is reuniting for a new Metroidvania project.
SquidShock Studios are working on Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus, a hand-drawn Metroidvania title inspired by games such as Hollow Knight and Okami.
The game follows the titular Bō, a staff-wielding Tentaihana, as she uncovers the secrets behind the rise of a mysterious and powerful shogun.
Players will dash, grapple, hover, and bat objects with their staff to defeat powerful foes, overcome obstacles, and discover new, beautiful worlds to explore.
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The game initially began development with a two-person team in 2021, however, following a successful Kickstarter campaign, SquidShock added several members to the team from their previous project.
Milton “DoctorM64” Guasti joins as an associate designer, Esteban “DruidVorse” Criado as the QA lead, and Robert “Sephazon” Maloney as the production and publishing lead.
These developers last worked together on the Metroid fan game Another Metroid 2 Remake as the director, lead playtester, and producer, respectively.
The team plans to launch the game on PC and Nintendo Switch in 2023.
AM2R was an unofficial remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus. The game updates the 1991 version with color, a visual style similar to Super Metroid and gameplay similar to Metroid: Zero Mission.
The game was released in 2016 to celebrate the Metroid series’ thirtieth anniversary.
Following the initial release, Nintendo sent several DMCA notices to websites hosting the game, including the official blog and the Metroid Database, forcing their removal and halting the development of future updates.
The following year, Nintendo announced Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS. This was speculated to be the real reason for the aggressive takedown notices, as Nintendo has not taken a blanket stance against fan games in the past, unless they compete with current products.