Blasphemous developers create a family-friendly VR board game platform

The macabre side-scrolling Metroidvania Blasphemous is a pixel art game where a burly man in a very pointy hat slams daylight on unholy monstrosities, from Spanish developers The Game Kitchen. Now they’re back – the developers, not the monstrosities – with something a little more than a game. It’s a VR platform for cooperative board games called All On Board!, and its Kickstarter is launched today. Look 2D in the trailer below, but maybe mute it or you’ll have the song stuck in your head all day.

I can’t get you out of my head, boy, it’s more than I dare to think.

All aboard! promises officially licensed board games plus the ability to create your own and share them for free. They’ve already teamed up with real names like Black Rose Wars by Ludus Magnus, Escape The Dark Castle by Themeborne, and Istanbul by Pegasus Spiele. You will be able to modify the games, play with the pieces and the boards, and players only need one copy so they can all play. The weird floating-headed avatars look surprisingly good, even if the Metaverse cools me down to the code. There will be the possibility to dress them up and change them as you see fit.

I’m all for developers completely changing tack and trying something different. All aboard! sounds like one of those cases, but there are other collaborative digital board game platforms out there already. Some of them – I’m looking at you, Tabletop Simulator – are very well established. It might prove difficult for the new game to stand out. Don’t worry if you were really hoping for another Blasphemous instead of playing virtual cribbage hands, because The Game Kitchen has one planned for next year.

All aboard! aims to release in 2023 for Meta Quest 2 and SteamVR. Kickstarter dos can get a copy for $20 / £17 / €20 and exclusive access to the beta coming later this year.

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