AM2R developers reunite for Okami-inspired Metrovan ‘Bo: Path Of The Teal Lotus’

Picture: Christopher Stair, Trevor Youngquist

After an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in February this year, the upcoming stunning Metroidvania Bo: Path of the Lotus Teal by Chris Steir and Trevor Youngquist has gained several notable names in the Metroid fan community.

Team members behind Another remake of Metroid 2 (AM2R) have joined this action-packed search game inspired by Japanese folklore that developers say is part of the books by Hall Knight and Okami.

Stair and Youngquist originally worked on the project on their own, but have now been joined by three prominent names who know something about the Metroidvania genre – Milton Guasti (DoctorM64, director of AM2R and level designer at Ori and the Will of the Visps), Esteban Criado DruidVorse, AM2R’s leading playtester and Metroidvania speedrunner) and Robert Malonei (Sephazon, AM2R producer and Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions contributor). The three of them will work as an assistant designer, quality assurance manager and production and publishing manager at Bo: Path of the Teal Lotus, and what kind of team should lead to this beautiful project.

Using a lovely hand-drawn aesthetic to create enchanting levels, characters and environments, Bo: The Teal Lotus Trail follows Bo, a celestial flower who must overcome obstacles and fight dangerous enemies after discovering the secrets behind the rise of a powerful shogun. Bo will use his cane to jump on these Japanese watercolor worlds, and you will be honored with a feast for the eyes and a bunch of Japanese folklore.

Here are some more details about the game from her Steam page:

– Famous 2D action platformer with side scrolling that combines classic hand-drawn animation and landscape with new atmospheric bells and whistles that make the experience wonderfully new, but pleasant and familiar.

– Tight platform controls. Bo feels amazing to control and players will feel great agency as they enter a state of navigation flow through challenging platform challenges.

– Explore a mysterious world! The world of Bo is open and interconnected. Explore everything from haunted bathrooms to a thriving metropolis inspired by Japan. Find ways to return to areas you thought you had fully explored and unlock new paths and surprises.

– Unlock powerful new abilities! Make and drink mysterious teas to unlock Bo’s ability to change shape. Including Mochi Mallet, Blossom Dash and Grappling Gun.

– Daruma doll Reinforcements! Collect gift dolls during your trip to adjust your abilities and give you advantages (or even disadvantages) in a unique way. All dolma dolls start with 1 filled eye. They can be upgraded to a 2-eye gift that enhances the original gift. These cute gift dolls will be by your side during your trip.

– A large group of bizarre and sympathetic yokai (monsters from Japanese folklore) as well as original characters based on Japanese cultural archetypes. All these characters and enemies are brought to life by a traditional hand-drawn 2D frame-by-frame animation. Help them with their side missions or just stop by for a chat and a cup of tea.

– Epic battles with bosses! On your journey you will come across many massive monsters from Japanese folklore. Use the acquired knowledge and skills to overcome them and advance further in your quest.

– Beautiful hand-drawn areas and landscapes with traditional Japanese-inspired decorations.

– Absolutely beautiful original score composed by Moses Karmago, which nicely combines traditional Japanese instruments with modern orchestral music.

There are a dozen Metrodivans on the Switch, but with Bo’s beautiful visuals and pedigree behind him, we’re extremely excited to see how this one turns out.

Bo: Path of the Teal Lotus will be released on Switch sometime next year, and we will definitely be watching this one. Watch last year’s teaser trailer below and share your opinion about the game with us in the comments!

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