Spelunky 2 has a cloning gun, flamethrower and turkeys

During last night’s State of Play event, Derek Yu revealed a 15th September release date for Spelunky 2, the long-awaited sequel for the game that killed a billion pugs and launched a million roguelites.

Spelunky is a procedural dungeon-running platformer absolutely stuffed with secrets. Part of its appeal is that its clockwork world is made from simple pieces but can go wrong very explosively in ways that always make sense in retrospect. Thomasina was wrong: you can stir things apart. You just can’t do anything about them. Actually, maybe Thomasina was right.

Anyway, isn’t it lovely to have a release date? More importantly, though, Derek Yu’s fantastic trailer – truly one of the best I have ever seen for a forthcoming game – chose to foreground what he thinks was special about the first Spelunky and what has been done to deepen those things this time around.

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