Castlevania-inspired indie Infernax has received a release date, and fans of the platforming genre don’t have to wait that much longer. It will be launching on Valentine’s Day (February 14) for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S. Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam). The ghouls are ready to pounce on their victims in just over a month’s time.
Previews have been released today, including ours, and alongside this new coverage, publisher The Arcade Crew has announced Infernax‘s release date today. In a press release on Tuesday, the company joked about the timing of the release. “Is the air sizzling with red hot romance, or is that heat radiating from the pawns of hell surrounding you?” asked The Arcade Crew. “Today’s release date trailer suggests the latter.”
Infernax surprisingly plays and looks like the classic Castlevania NES games. It nails the platforming and whip mechanics, making you feel like you’re playing a true follow-up to the old-school formula. It feels like a true love letter to this well-regarded series of games, but there are some differences in store for any fan of the Konami series.
First, there are multiple endings based on your decisions. During the beginning of the game, you come across a man transforming into a beast. At this point, you can kill him early, which causes a stirring of ill will on your character, or let him transform into a terrifying boss. Both options seem to leave some sort of impression of the protagonist Alcedor. You’ll be facing situations like this throughout the game, and the multiple endings will likely leave you wanting to play the game over and over again. There’s also a level-up system, purchasable items, and some gore that has been added to the equation among other scenarios in Infernax, which makes it different from the Castlevania series.
Infernax looks stunning in 8-bit. Yes, the models are constrained by the style, but it all looks authentic and the environments appear stunning with its retro shine. But just like where the 8-bit look comes from, it will be hard to overcome this adventure. Infernax looks incredible in 8-bit. Yes, the models are constrained by the style, but it all looks authentic and the environments look stunning with its retro shine. But just like where the 8-bit look comes from, it will be hard to overcome this adventure. “Infernax has the hots for a classically difficult challenge, but if you can hang with rewarding battles against hell’s most eligible fiends, you’ll enjoy many sleepless nights, getting acquainted with its intensely enthralling quest,” reads the press release. We’ll see how tough it is when the game releases on February 14, 2022.
Fortunately, Infernax is being developed by Berzerk Studio, who also made Just Shapes & Beats, a much-beloved rhythm action game. It has an Overwhelmingly Positive score on Steam with over 12,000 reviews accounted for and critics overall have provided a 83 MetaCritic score. This highly established indie studio will likely deliver with its next title, and from our impressions so far, we think it will be one of the best Castlevania-style games on Steam and other platforms.
If you’re planning to play Infernax on PC, make sure you have the right setup for it. Despite its classic 8-bit appearance, the game seems to be using more of your performance as you’d think. On the Steam listing, the publisher The Arcade Crew suggests you have at least Windows 7, an Intel Core i3-540 processor or AMD Phenom II X2 550, 4GB of RAM, and a graphics card that’s equal or more than an Nvidia GeForce GT 320 (1GB) or an AMD Radeon HD 6580 (1GB).