MARS 2120: The “Brazilian Metroid Dread” Goes Gold and Nears Release!

MARS 2120, a metroidvania affectionately dubbed the “Brazilian Metroid Dread,” has officially gone gold, with a definitive release date for all platforms to be announced soon!

A Tribute to Classic Metroidvanias

MARS 2120
MARS 2120

Inspired by genre-defining classics and enriched with references from science fiction literature, films, and games, MARS 2120 stands as the most ambitious project by Brazilian indie studio QUByte Interactive. Developed over five years by a dedicated team of just six individuals, this game is a heartfelt homage to the exploration, mystery, and adventure that have captivated players in iconic metroidvanias.

A Milestone for QUByte Interactive

MARS 2120 marks a significant milestone for QUByte Interactive, being their first project developed using the Unreal Engine. The team’s dedication and hard work on such a grand scale, despite being accustomed to smaller projects, have even inspired a documentary. Titled “Journey to Mars,” the film will be unveiled in June, with a teaser already available. It delves into the game’s inspirations, challenges, and the team’s endeavors to create a fitting tribute to the beloved genre.

Community-Driven Development

The community played a pivotal role in shaping MARS 2120, with the game entering early access on Steam in late 2022 to gather player feedback. This collaborative approach ensured that the development process was guided by player observations and wishes.

Final Approval and Release Details

In May, the studio achieved a major milestone by receiving final build approval for the Nintendo Switch, one of the platforms requiring the most optimization to ensure a seamless gaming experience. MARS 2120 is now in its final stages and is set for release in the second half of 2024 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

About MARS 2120

In MARS 2120, humanity has colonized various planets in the solar system, providing an escape from the increasingly dire conditions on Earth. Responding to a distress call from Mars, Sergeant Anna “Thirteen” Charlotte and her elite team of space marines embark on a mission to rescue the first colony.

Players will navigate a harsh Martian landscape, battling mysterious foes with a mix of ranged and melee attacks and special elemental skills. The game offers a non-linear approach to combat and exploration, drawing inspiration from pioneers like Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Features and Gameplay

MARS 2120 promises an intense combat experience with cinematic flair, set against a strong sci-fi backdrop that explores themes like space exploration, genetic modification, and artificial intelligence. Developed with the Unreal Engine, the game aims to deliver modern visuals and gameplay mechanics that stand out in the genre. It also includes several accessibility options (visual, audio, gameplay) to customize the experience for all players.

Unleash your power through real-time melee and ranged attacks, acquiring and upgrading combat skills as you progress. Whether you prefer experimenting with different melee combos or eliminating enemies from a distance, the choice is yours. Explore different strategies, discover enemy weaknesses, and survive the challenges ahead!

Stay tuned for more updates on the official release date of MARS 2120. Get ready to embark on an epic adventure that pays tribute to the very essence of metroidvania!

Susan Hill
Susan Hill
Editor in the technology section. Science, programming and, like everyone in this magazine, passionate about movies, entertainment, art (and also technology). Contact: technology (@) martincid (.) com
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