With the promising, but somewhat underwhelming stealth-adventure Shadwen now under wraps, Frozenbyte has begun work on their next project - a co-operative "blast 'em up" named Nine Parchments. Fans of the Trine series will be happy to hear that Nine Parchments takes place in the same universe, though the way they're connected hasn't been revealed just yet.
As for the story, it revolves around a rag-tag group of wizard apprentices who have decided to skip all of that boring training and studying in order to achieve greatness as quickly as possible, or more realistically, dismemberment via angry dragon. In order to avoid such a grizzly fate you're going to have to master the five elements and tactically apply a variety of devastating spells through a combat system that seems to be oddly reminiscent of Magicka's.
Whether there is any actual similarity when it comes to the raw gameplay, I honestly don't know, but here's the recently posted gameplay trailer so you can at least figure out if this is something you're interested in or not:
Since Nine Parchments is still under heavy development there is very little information available right now, but here's the official list of features to hopefully give you a hint on what its all about:
• Top-down chaos action with a crazy amount of different spells
• 1-4 Players, online and local co-op
• Roguelike progression, randomly generated monsters
• Unlockable characters and items
• Frighteningly powerful spells: Projectile, DoT, AOE, Beam, Spray and Physical spell types
• Five spell elements: Fire, Ice, Life, Death, Electric
Nine Parchments will be coming to the PC, Xbox One and PS4 at some point in 2017, though the exact date hasn't been revealed just yet. As far as Mac and Linux versions are concerned, nothing is currently set in stone, but the developers did express their desire to add Linux support.
If you would like to learn more about Nine Parchments, or just keep up with the latest news, head over to the official website.