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XEL is a 'Zelda-like' game announced for Xbox and other platforms, coming in 2022

Xel Game Image Alpha
Xel Game Image Alpha (Image credit: Assemble Entertainment)

What you need to know

  • XEL is an upcoming adventure game being developed by Tiny Roar and published by Assemble Entertainment.
  • It's pitched as a 'Zelda-like' title, featuring a variety of gadgets and abilities to collect.
  • XEL is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5, PC and Nintendo Switch.
  • XEL is currently scheduled to be available at some point in Q2 2022.

XEL is an adventure game from developer Tiny Roar and publisher Assemble Entertainment. Per the official press release, it's 'Zelda-like' title, featuring a protagonist named Reid who has lost her memory and finds herself washed up on a tropical island with mysterious secrets. You can check out the reveal trailer for the game below:

During the adventure across this strange island, Reid will be exploring different biomes, collecting gadgets and abilities that unlock new areas and allow her to manipulate space and time, which is necessary for some of the strange puzzles they'll be running into.

There'll also be challenging dungeons to complete, which are again directly inspired by dungeons in the long-running Nintendo franchise, The Legend of Zelda. Players will also be able to upgrade their weapons while mastering the combat system of dodges, parries and more. The soundtrack is being composed by Gidon Wolff, a German composer who has previously worked on music for a variety of projects, such as trailers for Metro Exodus and The Elder Scrolls Online.

XEL is currently scheduled to launch sometime in Q2 2022. It's coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5, PC and Nintendo Switch. You can add it to your Steam wishlist right now.

The developers are looking into making Xbox One and PS4 versions of XEL, however it's worth noting this is not a guarantee.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

3 Comments
  • I'm surprised Nintendo's legal team hasn't turned the devs in to Skulltulas lol. Joking aside, about time we got a game that is unabashedly inspired by the Legend of Zelda series - it seems mostly Zelda botw fueled lol.
  • I know you're joking, but the name is pretty blatantly a ripoff of Nintendo's Zelda trademark. That's funny. I suspect that because it's spelled differently, in all caps, and is only half the name, it's not going to create confusion on who owns it, which is the chief factor in determining a victor during trademark litigation. So Tiny Roar is probably safe, but wow, that's a risky way to launch a new game. I'm all for being bold, but I wouldn't do something that's just poking at a much, much bigger company known for aggressively protecting its trademarks. Curious to see if Nintendo tries to do anything or just chooses to ignore this.
  • What should 'zelda-like' really mean?
    Like breath of the wild? Ocarina of time? Link to the past?
    Main zelda games have been quite different.