Monster Sanctuary combines metroidvanias with Pokémon, and it's coming to Xbox this year

Xbox Monster Sanctuary Announcement
Xbox Monster Sanctuary Announcement (Image credit: Xbox)

What you need to know

  • Monster Sanctuary is a newly announced game being published through ID@Xbox.
  • It combines the monster raising and training of Pokémon with 2D visuals and metroidvania gameplay.
  • It looks incredibly interesting, and already has great reviews in early access on PC.
  • Monster Sanctuary is officially releasing on PC, Xbox, and PS4 on December 8, 2020.

ID@Xbox publishes tons of indie games for Xbox, recently hitting some incredible milestones, and they're not slowing down with the recent announcement that Monster Sanctuary is coming to Xbox later this year. If you weren't already (I wasn't), Monster Sanctuary is an intriguing game that marries pixellated 2D graphics, metroidvania gameplay, and the monster discovering, raising, and training that's commonly associated with Pokémon.

Monster Sanctuary has been in early access on Steam for over a year now, with great reviews all around, and is now in a place where it can fully launch. Not only is Monster Sanctuary officially releasing on PC, the quirky indie game is also coming to consoles with Xbox and PS4, slated for a December 8, 2020 release date. I know my interest has certainly been peaked, and it's always interesting to see developers tackle the classic Pokémon gameplay that millions of people are intimately familiar with.

Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

  • I need this in my life. I'll definitely pick it up, probably on Xbox for convenience but maybe PC as well if it's a good play on the road kind of game.
  • And I just saw it is Team 17 publishing, so of course it's good.