Tribute Games unveils 8-bit weapon-smashing action-platformer: Panzer Paladin

Tribute Games revealed today their next game: Panzer Paladin, an engaging 8-bit style action-platformer with fun and intuitive swordplay. Hop in the Paladin power armor, seize melee weapons from the demonic invaders and give ’em a taste of their own medicine!

The title and logo were revealed on Tribute Games social media with the very first illustration of the powerful Paladin power armor and the small but swift Squire pilot. Players control the Paladin to fight their way through levels but can eject and also play as the Squire to swing across gaps and recharge the Paladin’s energy.

The Paladin swordplay mechanic includes the ability to equip and use any weapon dropped by defeated enemies, high versus low attacking and blocking, a rock-paper-scissor weapon type system that grants attack bonuses, and the ability to cast spells by breaking weapons. Weapons abound in levels, so the player is encouraged to use them profusely.

“For a long time I wanted to make a NES-style game with swordplay mechanics like the ones from Zelda II on NES”, explains Tribute’s game designer Jonathan Lavigne. “Panzer Paladin is the culmination of two subjects I wanted to address in a traditional platformer: swordplay and mechas. A strong aspect I also wanted to include in this project is the various usage of an array of weapons. A little bit like in our previous title Mercenary Kings.”

PAX East 2019 attendees will be able to play the very first demo of the game this month at the Panzer Paladin booth (#17116). The game release is currently scheduled for spring 2020.

Tribute Games is known for Mercenary Kings (2014), a 2D mission based game with gun crafting in which the player is part of the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire and must stop the fearsome forces of CLAW. More recently, the Tribute team has released Flinthook (2017), a fast action-platformer with “roguelike” elements about the space’s greatest pirate. Tribute Games has also released Wizorb, Curses ‘N Chaos and Ninja Senki DX. Most of their games are available on various platforms (PC, Mac, Switch, PS4, PS Vita and Xbox ONE). 

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