Japanese developer Skeleton Crew announced new game Olija today, to be published by Devolver Digital and released this year. Olija is a 2D action-adventure platformer where hero Faraday attempts to use his “legendary harpoon” to escape a strange country of Terraphage where he has been marooned. It’s a game with an indie aesthetic, using minimalist graphics paired with sharp action to set its visual scene.
Here’s an official plot description: “Through adventurous exploration, narration and razor sharp combat, the player will discover a strange world and its inhabitants, including Olija, an enigmatic lady that Faraday finds himself bound to over time. Inspired by swashbuckling tales and cinematic adventure games, Olija is a story about facing the unknown in adversity.”
The announcement trailer shows off a lot of fast-paced platform combat using the movement mechanic of the harpoon. Enemies and terrain can be speared and leapt towards, drawn in, and dragged. The movement and action has a satisfyingly physical look to it. The character can also leap on his own, zipping to-and-fro with flying kicks, and wield a variety of other weapons like swords, guns, and spears. There’s a particularly satisfying moment where he nabs a guy’s chain-like weapon and then hurls him off screen.