Developer Microbird and publisher Curve Games is on the verge of bringing its skateboarding, dungeon-crawling action RPG, Dungeons of Hinterberg, to consoles and PC. And boy, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t one of our most anticipated video games of 2024. However, if you’ve yet to jump on the bandwagon while the devs iron out the final creases ahead of its launch, then allow us to clue you in. Here’s everything you need to know about Dungeons of Hinterberg.
What Is Dungeons of Hinterberg?
Dungeons of Hinterberg is an upcoming third-person action RPG—a jack-of-all-trades sort of gig that will transport its fledgling monster hunters to the alpine world of Hinterberg for the journey of a lifetime. As a corporate trainee-turned-monster hunter, you will have the opportunity to explore a vibrant region and pluck the bare bones of a world engulfed in colossal foes and dangerous dungeons. There’ll be plenty of hunting, puzzle solving, socializing, and a whole lot of exploration.
“Armed with a sword and a tourist guide, explore the beautiful alpine village of Hinterberg and uncover the magic hidden within its dungeons,” reads a short description. “Master magic, solve puzzles and slay monsters; all this and more await you in Hinterberg. Prepare to go on a vacation to a modern-day village in the Austrian Alps, but instead of hiking or skiing, you’ll be slaying monsters, hunting for loot and solving puzzles. 25 magical dungeons have recently appeared around Hinterberg, and monster slaying has become a major tourist attraction, drawing adventurers from all over the world to the small village.”
According to the devs, players will take on the role of Luisa, a law trainee who, in the wake of a slew of mysterious dungeons appearing in the world of Hinterberg, takes it upon herself to leave the corporate empire behind her, and move to eradicate the foes that loom from within. The question you’re looking to answer is this: can a corporate drone really achieve the impossible and become the all-time greatest Slayers?
“Welcome to Hinterberg, a new tourist hotspot in the idyllic Austrian Alps!” the blurb reads in part. “You play as Luisa, a burnt-out law trainee taking a break from her fast-paced corporate life to conquer the Dungeons of Hinterberg. There are plenty of dungeons to find and adventures to be had in Hinterberg – will Luisa be sent packing on her first day, or remain to become a Master Slayer? Only one way to find out…”
It’ll certainly feature its admirable share of combat, that much is known. But from the looks of its in-game screenshots and footage, it’ll also feature sections of snowboarding, skateboarding, and hiking. Add the fact that there’ll also be monumental trails to climb, towns to discover, and locals to befriend, and you’ve got yourself quite the banquet of elements. Think The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but with a skateboarding protagonist, and you’ll probably have a rough idea of what it’ll attempt to accomplish. Or at least, that’s the sort of image we’re getting here, anyway.
“Braving a dungeon requires more than just cutting-edge sports gear and a good sword arm: Hinterberg’s dungeons are full of puzzles that will surprise and challenge you. Use your head, your magic skills, and every trick in the book to solve them.”
“Spend your nights forging friendships with the locals and other adventurers!” the description adds. “Some of them will help you get stronger or teach you new tricks, others are just here for excitement and selfies… But good relationships don't just make your stay more memorable – they're the key to becoming a better slayer!”
In case you missed the initial announcement back in June, developer Microbird brought news of the IP by way of posting a trailer on its official streaming handle. Since then, the team has lifted the veil on a number of screenshots and clips, and has confirmed that the game will be heading to Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam in “Spring 2024.”
“With Hinterberg, our goal is to create a truly special place to explore,” said Microbird co-founder Regina Reisinger in a press release. “From the stylized art to the modern but fantastic alpine setting, Dungeons of Hinterberg takes you on a unique vacation jam-packed with monster-slaying and puzzle solving.”
Looking for a bit of a deeper dive into the world of Dungeons of Hinterberg ahead of its release? As luck would have it, Curve Games went on to post a rather insightful trailer of its upcoming IP earlier this year. Need we say more? You can check it out for yourself in the embed above.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
Dungeons of Hinterberg will be heading to Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam on an undisclosed date in Spring 2024. Any chance of a PlayStation 5 port coming to light? From the looks of it, no. Having said that, as we’re still a fair ways off from seeing it arrive, it could be that it still finds its way over to Sony’s yard in time for its debut. Again, only time will tell on that one.
In addition to the Xbox and PC release, Dungeons of Hinterberg will also be coming to Xbox Game Pass as a day-one exclusive. You can get your hands on a monthly subscription for as little as $9.99.
Interested in staying up to date with Dungeons of Hinterberg? If so, then be sure to check in with the devs over on their official social handle here. If anything even the slightest bit newsworthy pops up ahead of its release, we’ll be sure to fill you in on all the key details right here on gaming.net.
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