Horror Platformer Stela Mixing Limbo With Lovecraft March 13th
I’ll admit, I missed Stela the first time around. It was originally released back in October for the Xbox One and Apple Arcade. I honestly can’t tell you why it slipped under my radar. The game looks gorgeous. If you watch the trailer above, it’s got everything I’d love in an indie horror platformer. Well, luckily I’ll have a chance to correct that mistake when Stela launches on Steam and Switch March 13th.
From Halo Infinite co-developer SkyBox Labs, Stela is a cinematic platformer about the last days of a dying ancient world. What’s killing this world? I’m guessing it has something to do with those weird eldrich art and the giant tentacle. But who knows! Maybe it’s just socialism that did it.
The game isn’t just a straight port, and will bring some new additions and changes. Here’s some more insight from the Official Press Release:
An expanded ending, visual improvements throughout the game to emphasize story elements and an array of bug and quality-of-life fixes will debut on Xbox One alongside the Nintendo Switch and Steam releases, with an Apple Arcade update to follow within days. These join December’s update for Xbox One and Apple Arcade, which added 15 secret areas and unlockable 3D dioramas unveiling a prophecy about the world of Stela, and shed more light on the setting and apocalyptic narrative.
Escape monstrosities ranging from dormant beasts to haunting shadows and giant beetles. Solve massive puzzles intertwined with beautiful-yet-decaying landscapes including pale snow drifts, abandoned farms and massive catacombs. Experience the events leading to the end of a world accompanied by the refrains of an original ambient soundtrack.
“Everything in Stela – the music, the monsters, the environments – exists in service of the story,” said Shyang Kong, Co-Founder, SkyBox Labs. “We’ve received lots of great feedback from Stela’s players and have worked to improve the narrative experience alongside ports to new platforms, making it the perfect version for new fans while offering those who tried it the first time around plenty of reasons to revisit the tale.”
If you want to see what Stela is all about, you can get it on Steam March 13th for $19.99. If you don’t want to wait, you can get it now on the Xbox One and Apple Arcade.