The Mummy Demastered is a 16-Bit Metroidvania Game Inspired By the Film

This game looks so good that it almost justifies the recent film.

Given that 2017’s The Mummy was an incredibly generic piece of blockbuster filmmaking, we certainly never expected to be interested in a modern-day video game loosely based on the movie and general property. 

Of course, that was before we saw the first trailer for The Mummy Demastered

The Mummy Demastered is a 16-bit (or 16-bit style) Metroidvania title developed by WayForward (Contra 4). It is loosely based on the film but tells a mostly original story involving soldiers hunting down the resurrected villain from the film. Otherwise, you shouldn’t expect many nods to the underwhelming movie. 

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In an interview with Polygon, The Mummy Demastered director Austin Ivansmith revealed how this unique adaptation of a blockbuster movie came about. 

“They were champions of the look,” said Ivansmith regarding Universal’s reaction to the idea. ““The gaming group at Universal are WayForward fans from way back. We have worked with them in the past on Scorpion King and Despicable Me games, and have a long history. 

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Actually, Invansmith states that Demastered is best thought of as the spiritual sequel to another WayForward adaptation, Aliens: Infestation. Much like Infestation, Demastered is, essentially, a Metroidvania experience with a few gameplay twists. The most notable of these departures is a limited inventory system that only lets you carry a couple of weapons at a time. 

Furthermore, a pseudo-permadeath system makes it so that reclaiming your weapons means fighting the spirit of the soldier you were before your current run. That means that you’ll have to fight a ghost equipped with all the weapons and skills that you previously had if you wish to reclaim lost equipment. 

The idea of a Universal Studios horror game that combines aspects of Contra, Metroid, and Castlevania is an utterly fascinating concept. We’re excited to see if this project lives up to its potential when The Mummy Demastered is released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch sometime before the end of the year. 

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