Sabotage Studios has unveiled a new Metroidvania-Style game for PC and consoles, set to release later this year. Titled The Messenger, the game melds two generations of gaming, 8-bit and 16-bit, for a new and unique experience.

As a young ninja, players will need to go on a quest to avenge the protagonist’s fallen clan by traveling through space and time. The Messenger is an homage to the old school era of the NES and Super NES mixing classic action platforming, deep replay value, cast of ridiculous characters, chiptune music and a ton of unlockables to keep completionist busy for quite some time.

The Messenger is Sabotage’s first game and a love letter to the beloved retro-console games from the late 80s and early 90s,” said Martin Brouard, Co-Founder of Sabotage Studio. “The early feedback we received at the Montreal Independent Games Festival and the Montreal International Game Summit has been overwhelmingly positive. Now we can’t wait for the rest of the world to experience The Messenger later this year!

I’ve wanted to make a game like The Messenger since I was eight years old,” said Thierry Boulanger, Co-Founder of Sabotage Studio. “Together at Sabotage we set out to make the kind of game that inspired us to get into the industry in the first place, with an over the top story, arcade-style challenges and visually striking pixel art. The Messenger is that game, and we’re thrilled to finally announce and share it with a like-minded audience that loves new games inspired by generations of classic video game greatness.

Sabotage Studios is a studio made of of industry veterans with a love for classically-inspired arcade games and gaming experiences optimized for streaming and speedrunning communities. The game has also already garnered awards from the indie game community by winning the Best Music Award and Best Gameplay Design Award at the Montreal Independent Games Festival last November.