Cadence, the dancing heroine of the Crypt of the NecroDancer series, is back, and she’s facing down some of her most dangerous foes yet – in the real world! With mysterious rifts forming all around the world and threatening Cadence and those she cares about, her only option is to take on new enemies in rhythm-based battles. Announced last year, spinoff Rift of the NecroDancer was officially confirmed to be coming to the Nintendo Switch during today’s Indie World event. It was revealed to be coming in 2023, but a specific release date was not announced.
Rift of the NecroDancer will feature new lane-based rhythm combat. Monsters will approach, and the player must enter the correct input to attack and defeat the monsters before they are attacked themselves. However, each and every monster featured in the game will have its own unique movement pattern, so each fight will get trickier and trickier!
The NecroDancer's back in a brand new rhythm game spinoff, featuring a whole new look, modern setting, and soundtrack! 🎸🎶
Help Cadence rhythmically repair rifts and fight foes via a variety of new game modes! 💀🎵 pic.twitter.com/MS6SXyjPOk
— CRYPT / RIFT OF THE NECRODANCER (@NecroDancerGame) August 24, 2022
In addition to this new rhythm-based combat, Rift of the NecroDancer will also feature boss battles in which Cadence faces off against a number of powerful foes, each with their own unique rhythm-based mechanic. Plus, each of the five character storylines will have a unique mini-game that can be played whenever you want to take a break from all the fighting. The mini-game shown during the Indie World event featured a yoga class with players needing to input the correct combinations in order to follow along with the instructor.
Rift of the NecroDancer will also be making its way to PC via Steam, with no official release date announced. It will feature mod support as well as a brand-new soundtrack composed by Danny Baranowsky and several collaborators.
If you simply can’t wait until Rift of the NecroDancer launches on Nintendo Switch later this year, you can try out one of the currently available games in the series: the original Crypt of the NecroDancer and The Legend of Zelda-themed crossover title Cadence of Hyrule.