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Acclaimed flame-wielding platformer Nocturnal gets Enhanced Edition in final update

Burn everything to the ground with new talents, enemies, gameplay features and more

October 5, 2023

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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Dear Villagers | Lausanne, Switzerland, October 5th, 2023 - Indie developer Sunnyside Games, in partnership with Dear Villagers, is adding the final major update to their acclaimed flame-welding platformer Nocturnal today for PC. With a plethora of new features including updated optimization and accessibility features, conquer the Mist and use your fire to uncover what secrets lay hidden beneath it today.

This Enhanced Edition update adds:


  • A redesigned experience, from the ground up

  • A new extended moveset and talents tree with the ability to burn down everything (including 6 new active talents!)

  • Extended levels with brand new challenges

  • New enemies: The Swarm and Shielded

  • New accessibility feature to reduce the game’s difficulty

  • An additional 7 lore letters, and a new reading animation for lore items

  • New music and improved SFX

  • Visual and lighting enhancements, including new rooms and vistas, and Improved melee combat FX

  • Destructibles and new types of platforms

  • New level selection menu and U improvements

  • Global game rebalance to make the game more intense

  • Redesigned storyline and dialogue

  • New tutorials and tips in loading screens

  • Strong optimization improvements and a new performance mode accessible through the options menu

And a lot of smaller adjustments and tweaks to polish the experience
  “Thanks to the community feedback, we’re now happy to come back with a significantly better version of Nocturnal” said Sunnyside Games co-founder Gabriel Sonderegger. “This update offers numerous improvements that we hope you’ll enjoy!”
Nocturnal encourages challengers to brave its beautiful ruins with a host of optional trials. Those seeking the glory of a true challenge can enable a host of speedrunning features, like faster transitions, skippable cutscenes, and a pausable timer. Only the fiercest warriors will try their hand Permadeath Mode, where you only have one life to undertake the entire journey.

What critics are saying:
“If you like the genre and want something that has enough spark of inspiration to carry it through a few hours, it’s definitely worth investigating.” - Gaming Age

“Keeps things refreshingly tight, presenting a solid action game with a cool core mechanic and a handful of new ideas” - God is a Geek

“Nocturnal is a must-play title for fans of 2D action-platformers” - GameGrin

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About Sunnyside Games
Sunnyside Games is a Swiss-based company founded in 2013 and composed of sorcerers, artists, and engineers that are working hand-in-hand to create challenging, immersive and well hand-crafted 2D games for PCs and consoles. Previous games from Sunnyside Games include Towaga: Among Shadows and The Firm.

About Dear Villagers
Based in the South of France, in sunny Montpellier, we are a boutique publishing label composed of a team of twenty people. Open-minded and versatile, Dear Villagers offers handcrafted marketing and production guidance. Our mission: We tell memorable stories through memorable games. We love pixels, but we believe in people.

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