It's been just under three years since Oceanhorn [$7.99] made waves in the App Store, and its beautiful Zelda-esque approach to the mobile adventure - even if heavily inspired by the classic sword-fighting series - managed to make more traditional console gamers take notice of iOS as a serious platform for video games. While Oceanhorn was universally loved by fans and critics alike, there was always a question of whether Cornfox & Bros. could expand and develop this experience into a truly unique offering of its own. Today, that question has been emphatically answered - Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm has been announced on our forums, and offers a dramatic shift from the isometric perspective of the original to a true third-person camera, which could prove to be a major evolution for the Action RPG series.

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From first glance, it's very obvious to see where the influence for Oceanhorn 2 has come from, and the developers have seemingly embraced the influence of the newer 3D Zelda games entirely - and owing to their immense quality, this is by no means a bad thing. Shifting to a third person perspective, Oceanhorn 2 should offer slightly more free-roaming RPG action similar to the Ravensword series, and the developers have promised to retain the core elements that made Oceanhorn such a hit, such as a colorful world, lots of secrets to discover, the same epic music and a backstory that should allude with the lore of the first title. Despite this, Cornfox & Bros. have included a nod to the way the Hero of Time is not one consistent character in the Zelda games, as in Oceanhorn 2, you play as a completely different boy in an alternate time period to the first game, yet with the same concept of becoming the Knight of Arcadia. While not massively significant to the narrative, this is a very interesting way of cementing the Oceanhorn series as a truly intertwined universe, and leaves the game open for future iterations and additions in time.

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Furthermore, Cornfox & Bros. have detailed to the combat system, stating how sword fighting, the ability to conjure up magical spells, and items found around the world can be used in conflict. The key item that the hero can use in Oceanhorn 2 is one named 'The Caster', which is a gun that shoots magical projectiles, and can be used to solve puzzles and to manipulate enemies. Without any gameplay footage as of yet, there are still some questions over the flexibility and agency of these combat and puzzle solving mechanics, however these initial concepts coupled with a fully traversable world map ensure a level of depth that could hopefully exceed similar Action RPG titles on the App Store.

The most stunning aspect of the Oceanhorn 2 announcement, however, is certainly the graphical prowess that the initial artwork suggests will be present in the final game. With a graphical style reminiscent of a high definition version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the world is full of intricate detail in both the character design, and the environments and enemies present. Considering Oceanhorn 2 has been developed by a core team of only five people, it's truly stunning to see such impressive work in a game that has only been in development for over a year. While there may be some questions over whether such a small team can truly execute a title of such ambition, the quality of the original Oceanhorn certainly suggests that such a feat could be achievable. Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm has no set release date as of yet, so be sure to follow the development blog, and our dedicated forum thread, for any further details as they are released.

  • Exact-Psience

    No secret... Im excited!

  • Gza1244

    Same here, looks like a super worthy upgrade and sequel πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›.

  • Malumbrus

    AWESOME

  • Milotorou

    That looks great !

    Ive yet to play the first more than 30 minutes yet but its on my monster backlog but i know ill play it soon, it looks great too.

  • Ademir Brum Ribeiro

    Wow, I hope to come to the steam

    • http://facebook.com/Mrgreenestgreen Greenestgreen

      for the look, it seems like a 3rd person game so is an almost for sure.

  • IAP-king

    As someone who thought the first oceanhorn was over rated, I'm interested in this.

    • Kwadius

      I feel exactly the same

    • Drizzt79

      Agreed. I appreciated the visual style but felt the gameplay didn't quite pan out.

    • cowtruck123

      Agreed. It felt too much like a Zelda rip off to me. A polished one, but a rip off nonetheless

      • QuarterSwede

        That was the point. Nintendo wasn't bringing a Zelda game to mobile so they basically did.

  • HarryWarden

    I wonder if they'll constantly update the graphics for this like they did with the first as new devices are released. Never seen a developer do that like they did for the first.

  • macatron

    Holy WOW!! This is going to be EPIC!!

  • http://javatune.co drunk_vader

    Shut up and take my money!!!

  • sinagog

    Think about everything Aralon 2 did and do the opposite and Oceanhorn 2 will end up good. Sounds from the theme that it's already got a lush nature vibe, a bit like Ocarina, which is exactly what I'd hope for from this! Also, that cell-shaded, cartoonish look works way better than the washed-out feel of some Western RPGs.

  • Rain1dog

    I just finished Twilight Princess HD on Wii U, now on to Zelda WW HD.... Then Skyward Sword.

    When I first tried Twilight Princess on Wii way back I got bored of it or something after the fire temple... What a huge mistake...

    Twilight Princess turned out to be a stunnnnniiinng game which took around 60ish hours to complete...

    Hopefully this is the mobile of that

    • http://www.twitter.com/robfunnell3 Rob Funnell

      I played TP back on Wii U when it came out, completely agree, it's probably my favourite 3D Zelda bar Majora's Mask. That being said, really doubt this will get even half as expansive as TP, probably more like Skyward Sword in overworld size but that would still be good!

  • speedyph

    ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

  • Writersareliars

    Two minutes of watching a bug walk around. πŸ˜€

    'Twas a very pretty picture, though.

    • skylined87

      Lol, yeah I kept waiting for something to happen...

      • Press2Play

        I'm thinking of a jumpscare from a lush look to an eery environment.

  • Shkrbby

    Totally pumped for this.

  • nkx

    Really excited about this loved the first!!!!

  • Ailan Hidaz

    Me gusta for reals

  • militantmind

    If this is a freemium cash grab; I'll stick to Oceanhorn 1- a game I bought and can play completely anytime I wish. Freemium cash-grab gaming has all but destroyed the iOS gaming scene.

    • piraterob

      "Free roaming" not "free to play"

      • Pfloydrokr21

        Lol. I woke up and checked the app, totally saw the same thing. But then went back and was excited again.

    • Stormourner of the Nature

      heh don't be silly the sequel will be a premium and freemiums didn't destroyed the iOS gaming πŸ˜‰

    • timbojill

      Freemium is really taking over mobile. I hope it is a paid version like the first with no in-app purchases.

  • Sikuzo

    Loved the previous game, looking forward to this sequel.

  • Alexythimia23

    No way! This news was more shocking then lesnars elbow to ortons head!
    This will be awesome!

  • The Satellite

    I hope this is coming to Steam as well. I played the original on Steam (which was a fairly solid port) and highly enjoyed it, recommending it to most people I knew. I was really hoping there'd be a sequel, and lo and behold! I'm excited.

  • jaketheninja01

    Finally! A great reason to pick up mobile gaming again! Looking forward to a great title that has an awesome soundtrack and an incredible story to tell.

  • Tito Piccolo

    where the f is the real trailer!?

  • one.sixty.four

    First time in a while I can legitimately say I'm excited for a mobile game. Looks fun!

  • Press2Play

    Please be on vita!!!!

  • Gamera Love

    i don't understand why most people don't like this game. i think the first one is really fun.

    • Stormourner of the Nature

      idk you could say the people have no soul

    • timbojill

      Everyone should love this game. Too bad there isn't a free version with just part of the game available.

  • JMoney

    I loved the 1st one and this looks 10 times better than it did! Hope this comes to Apple TV like Oceanhorn 1 did.

  • Raw Mess

    Please make it available for android with other platforms , please please please dont make us (android users) wait long after release on other platforms if its coming to android !