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By popular demand(?) 2014’s fencing hit Nidhogg is getting a sequel due next year for PC, and likely some consoles. Gameplay-wise, Nidhogg 2 doesn’t seem to be introducing much new elements yet, aside from additional weapons such as an axe and a bow. The new soundtrack will feature electronic artist Mux Mool, as well as Daedelus, Doseone, and more to come. The biggest change to this sequel is immediately obvious, with a shift in art direction that makes the game practically unrecognisable to the original. The first Nidhogg was a retro throwback evoking memories of pre-NES gaming on systems like the Commodore 64.
In stark contrast, Nidhogg 2 features a grotesque cartoony aesthetic that bares more resemblance to a grossout 90s game for a SEGA system.
The art shift comes courtesy of artist Toby Dixon, and judging by the YouTube ratings on the teaser trailer, it’s going to prove controversial. I doubt the reception will result in a change to the graphics in the future, but it’s likely to affect how people perceive Nidhogg 2 from now on, considering fans didn’t exactly seem to be clamoring for a sequel.
Nidhogg 2 is available to add to your Steam wishlist now