There has been word lately that Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel were working together on a secret game together. The rumors turned out to be true – we now know that games is called The End is Nigh, and it has a trailer and everything. It’s coming to PC via Steam on July 12th.
You may know Glaiel from Closure, a light&dark puzzle platformer in which only the parts of the level you see actually exist. McMillen is best known for The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy, although he did make like twenty thousand quirky little games back in the day.
The End is Nigh is an infuriating exploration platformer of some sort, in which you play as Ash, a blob that survived the end of the world. You’re on a quest to patch together a friend from parts of people you find along the way. The game boasts over 600 levels divided into 12 chapters, and more than 20 collectible cartridges with playable mini games. Since it’s a McMillen game, there are tumors to collect as well. The devs described an early prototype as “a bit like VVVVVV meets 1001 Spikes with a Spelunky control setup”. We’re sincerely hoping that the mention of 1001 Spikes doesn’t mean there’s a limited number of lives.
Somewhat similarly to The Binding of Isaac, this was a “break” project, made in order to take a step back from a larger thing. In this case, it was 0uroboros, another game the pair is working on together. Looking at how TBoI turned out, we have high hopes for this one as well.
It’s going to be released on Steam on July 12th, and it’s coming to Switch at some point as well. Other console ports are a possiblity, but nothing’s set in stone at this point.