Publisher Nicalis, the team behind Cave Story and VVVVVV, have announced their latest project: a 16-bit RPG entitled Grinsia. Grinsia was originally a mobile game released back in 2012 by developer Kemco. Having been a fairly successful little title, Nicalis sought out the game’s creator to discuss bringing the project to a wider audience. Thus, the two companies struck a deal and have now announced that the retro RPG will hit 3DS, PC and Linux sometime in the near future.
Grinsia will reportedly feature a new SNES-inspired soundtrack, a fresh localization, a day and night cycle and, for the 3DS iteration, come complete with dual screen support. Meaning to say, this will be quite a different game from its mobile counterpart.
If you’re not familiar with the title, though, Grinsia starts off its story with a family of treasure hunters who make a living delving dungeons in search of valuables and wealth. Of course, while the adventure starts off simple enough, a much larger, more evil plot unfolds over time, enveloping our dear family and giving way to a plot that is grand in scope.
Victor Rodriguez, CEO and Executive Producer at Nicalis, had this to say about the endeavor: “We’re seeing a fantastic resurgence in the genre, and hope that Grinsia is the first of many games that we can bring to new audiences.”
While a release date and other details have yet to be discussed, we can probably expect the game to launch sometime this year. So be on the lookout for more news as it comes down the pipe. In the meantime, peep Nicalis’ announcement trailer below to get a better understanding of what the game is all about.