What do you get when you pair a choice-driven narrative with fast-paced action combat and a bright, colorful world? You get Batora: Lost Haven, the latest title from Remothered developer Stormind and Worms and Overcooked creator Team17. Batora, which is currently planned for a Fall 2022 launch on the Nintendo Switch, was one of several upcoming Switch indie titles revealed during the Nintendo Indie World livestream event on May 11.
Batora: Lost Haven stars Avril, a 16-year old girl granted mysterious powers in the wake of a world-shattering event. Avril must save the planet using both her strength and her wits. Along the way, she – and the player – will be faced with a number of difficult choices with long-lasting effects. The first trailer and screenshots released for the game showed off combat, puzzle-solving, and quest completion elements alongside decision-making.
Fight your way across an interplanetary story-driven action RPG that features hack & slash and twin-stick shooter gameplay!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 11, 2022
This is indie developer Stormind’s first foray into the action role-playing game genre. The studio, which is known for its focus on storytelling and unique visual style, released the survival horror title Remothered: Tormented Fathers in 2018. It was then followed by Remothered: Broken Porcelain, another survival horror game, in 2020. For Batora, Stormind partnered with Team17, which is set to publish a number of indie games in 2022 including fellow narrative-driven RPG Broken Roads and medieval fantasy action-adventure title The Serpent Rogue.
The May 11 Indie World Showcase announced a number of other indie titles coming to the Nintendo Switch throughout 2022 and 2023. Narrative-focused games were especially given the spotlight, with the announcement of flying hospital-set adventure Wayward Strand, story-driven puzzler OPUS: Echo of Starsong – Full Bloom Edition, and “butterfly effect” themed adventure A Guidebook to Babel.
Unfortunately, a specific release date for Batora: Lost Haven was not announced, but it is expected to debut some time later this year. It will be available to purchase via the Nintendo Switch eShop.