Winter Brings 16-Bit Fantasy Adventure Aegis Defenders to PC/Mac and PS4

Come this winter, PC/Mac and PlayStation 4 owners can snag Aegis Defenders, a 16-bit fantasy adventure that blends Metroidvania-style combat with Tower Defense strategy. Aegis Defenders was developed by independent developer GUTS Department and pulls its inspiration from games like old-school Final Fantasy, Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda.


In the game you play as Ruinhunters Bart and his granddaughter Clu, exploring ancient ruins and uncovering the one thing that can save their world from the ruthless Empire: a legendary weapon known as Aegis. Bart, a machinist, specializes in building structures. Clu, on the other hand, is a skilled hunter and trapsmith. Together the two must wage war against corrupt beasts and the Empire to save the world, one realm at a time.

Key features of the game include:

  • A Gorgeous 16-bit World: Featuring 16-bit inspired sprite visuals, every detail in the world of Aegis is painstakingly hand-painted as a love letter to an era of games that includes classics such as Final Fantasy, Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda.
  • Tower Defense Inspired Combat: Make use of Bart’s powerful defensive structures and Clu’s arsenal of firearms and traps in a fast-paced, flexible combat system that emphasizes a strong defense.
  • Dynamic Character Swapping: Switch between up to four characters at any time to utilize the best passive abilities of inactive characters just as effectively as active characters.
  • Cooperative and Tailored Gameplay: With drop-in/drop-out co-op, invite a friend in at any time to play the entire story campaign cooperatively.

Originally announced only for the PC and Mac, realease on the PS4 is new news as of today.

“Aegis Defenders is a love letter to classic adventure games that myself and many other members of GUTS grew up playing on the original PlayStation,” said Bryce Kho, Aegis Defenders’ Creative Director. “Releasing our game on the PlayStation platform is a dream come true, and we’re honored to share space with some of the game industry’s most iconic titles.”



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