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Rogue Legacy will bring an adventure that spans generations to Xbox One this year

We recently looked at a couple of upcoming 2D Xbox One games that have plenty of potential: ' The Escapists' and 'Adventures of Pip.' The former is a distinctive sandbox game set within a series of prisons, whereas the latter is a traditional action platformer with some light puzzles and a great art style. Both games will likely turn out very well. But the 2D game that I'm most excited to see coming to Xbox One is Rogue Legacy from Toronto-based indie developer Cellar Door Games.

Rogue Legacy is an action-platformer with lots of exploration, not unlike my fellow favorites Guacamelee and Strider. The twist is the castle you're sent to explore changes every time you die, at which point you'll return as the descendant of the previous character – complete with new traits and powers.

Rogue Legacy builds on classic games like Castlevania and creates something very different and special. The Xbox One version doesn't have a release date yet, so let our detailed preview tide you over in the meantime.

Plundering the dark castle

The goal in Rogue Legacy is to fully explore a massive castle and defeat all five of the gigantic boss monsters inside. The platforming and exploration work a lot like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, with your character able to attack, jump, and cast spells to start with. But surviving the castle's perils is truly challenging, with hordes of dangerous enemies and obstacles filling practically every room. Health-replenishing food doesn't drop frequently, so your knight is bound to die eventually.

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When that happens, you'll take over as the child of that fallen hero. Players can initially select from three potential descendants, each with different classes, traits, and spells. And I do mean different – the list of potential traits is enormous, many affecting gameplay is humorous or challenging ways. Your new hero might move faster thanks to ADHD, suffer from nearsightedness that makes distant objects blurry, suffer from a fear of chickens (which makes food act like an enemy!), and much more.

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The castle layout shifts every time one of your heroic descendants enters it, adding even more variety and replayability. Progress would be difficult, if not for the permanent upgrades you can buy between lives. Spending the coins your fallen hero has collected on manor upgrades will allow you to permanently increase family stats, unlock new classes, and more. You can also discover equipment that boosts stats and runes that add abilities like double jumping, all of which will help your family of adventurers to make it farther and farther into the dark castle.

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The slow road to Xbox One

Rogue Legacy was originally developed by a small team of eight for a paltry sum of $15,000. After launching on Steam in 2013, it became an immediate success. The next year, Cellar Door Games ported the game to Playstation 3, 4, and Vita. Yes, the Playstation crowd has been enjoying one of the finest indie games around since last year.

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Thankfully, Rogue Legacy will arrive on Xbox One later this year. We'll do our best to dig up some additional details on the Xbox One version in the months to come. If you can't wait till then and you're not a Playstation gamer, check out the Steam version. When paired with an Xbox 360 controller, it offers an extremely engrossing platforming experience.

Big thanks to Koop for originally introducing me to Rogue Legacy!

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

26 Comments
  • Evil, evil game. Great fun. Glad to see it coming to Xbox.
  • Yeah, it's superb. And I find it can be hard - but fun! I've got it on steam and glad to hear it's coming to xbox - hope more indys jump on board!
  • It looks like a simple game... Don't think it'll get to WP though.
  • Don't base opinion ona glance. Game has alot going on under the hood. No way the pace would work on WP anyway.
  • this is honestly one of my most anticipated releases of this year, no joke. I realize I can grab a Steam version now, but Id rather support Xbox One so more indie developers see the benefits. Also, shout out to Toronto!!!
  • Oh so this is what Tyler was talking about last night interesting to see
  • Have this on my vita. Addictive and super fun. Hard as hell, though. In a good way.
  • Not Volgarr hard I hope.
  • I'd say this difficulty is just right - you're always collecting gold and buying upgrades, so you get stronger and stronger and the game gets easier as you go on.
  • Excellent game! Xbox needs a few rogue-lite/like games!
  • I didn't get very far in volgarr...stopped being fun before it started.
  • Yeah my Xbox gold ran out before I could get a chance to finish it. Made it pretty far actually.
  • BTW, does these mean the rule about launching at the same time as ps4 is over?
  • Every game is taken into consideration. Team size, prior contacts and such are looked at. Devs just have to ask Microsoft (apply) and see what happens. Parity is they're so games don't come out on Xbox after just because (example, I imagine a team of 50 gets less of a consideration versus a team of 5 when it comes to developing PlayStation first and Xbox months later)
  • I am looking forward to this release and for the inevitable stream by EastXTwitch.
  •     Very interesting premise. Hopefully, they'll release a demo so I can try it out.
  • This comment has nothing to do with this article, but! We as a community should flood snapchats twitter/instagram and every other outlet and any other app that has neglected us until they make an official app or atleast let rudy rerelease his superior version! I have this awesome Lumia and a crappy galaxy phone just to use snapchat and play clash of clans its ridiculous. Am i the only gettin this fed up?
  • LOL I am doing the same.
  • Don't care for these particular apps, but yeah, support windows phones 100%. It's indeed ridiculous.
  • sorry for being off topic, but spotify has had an update
  • It's the calm before the storm right now on Windows Central, lol. The 21st is coming.
  • I low it, sounds incredibly unique which is exactly what I want in a performer.
  • I love games like this. Definitely on my wishlist
  • Honestly I like it more on the Vita than on my PC. It works great as a pick up/put down game... Mainly because lives can be very short.
  • But on Xbox One you can stream it. Streaming's going to be great!
  • Rogue Legacy is a great game, I had a blast with it on PS4.  Best of luck on those remix bosses!