Earthblade is the next game from the makers of Celeste

The next project from the makers of Celeste has a name... and not much else, at the moment.


A lot has happened since Maddy Thorson and company released Celeste back in 2018. The team has since founded Extremely OK Games and begun work on the studio's next official project. There isn't too much to say about that game, except that now it has a name. Extremely OK Games' next effort will be called Earthblade.

There isn't a lot to say about Earthblade or what it is. There's nothing to go on outside of a name, a logo, and a clip from the game's soundtrack. There's no word on what kind of game Earthblade is, which leaves the door open for speculation. There's plenty of time to speculate, too, because even Thorson isn't quite sure of how long the game's development cycle will run, given hurdles like the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

"Now it sounds optimistic to say out loud that Earthblade could be released within 5 short years of Celeste," Thorson said on the Extremely OK Games website. "The truth is that we don't know how long it will take, just that it will take as long as it takes (and that it will take a long time)."

Celeste has been a big favorite here at Shacknews, so much so that we didn't hesitate to name it our Best Indie Game of 2018. While the game hasn't had any official new content since the release of Chapter 9, Extremely OK Games continues to support the game to this day. Most recently, the team added developer commentary as part of the game's third anniversary.

Earthblade looks like it's a long way from release, but we'll be watching its development closely here at Shacknews. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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    April 19, 2021 12:20 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Earthblade is the next game from the makers of Celeste

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      April 19, 2021 12:48 PM

      Very few details. Curious if you all think this is another sidescroller or maybe something closer to a Zelda or Secret of Mana?

      "2D explor-action" could refer to either. While safe to assume another sidescroller, I could also see them wanting to try something a little different.

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        April 19, 2021 12:52 PM

        One thing they’ve nailed in every game so far is mechanics. I don’t care what kind of game it is - if the mechanics are as enjoyable and refined as Celeste or Towerfall, I’m in. And a killer soundtrack, which will be inevitable due to the composer.

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        April 19, 2021 1:40 PM

        Read something a while back that they were exploring the possibility of a tactics game.

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        April 19, 2021 2:00 PM

        My first instinct seeing that logo and that artwork: action RPG.

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          April 19, 2021 4:45 PM

          Yeah, the teaser definitely evokes that sort of thing for me.

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        April 19, 2021 4:33 PM

        Matt, or I guess now Maddi's, bread and butter is really solid platforming, so i hope there is some element of that in this.

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          April 19, 2021 4:43 PM

          Merge both ala Blaster Master :<

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            April 19, 2021 5:18 PM

            I just want a remastered version of An Untitled Story

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      April 19, 2021 1:45 PM


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        April 19, 2021 4:25 PM

        I got maybe half the strawberries, I wasn’t going out of my way to find them unless one looked particularly interesting to get over to.

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      April 20, 2021 2:17 AM

      heard the source code for jumping is 2 xna files now

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