Kyle Thompson’s upcoming SHEEPO takes the “stomp everything that moves” metroidvania formula and transforms it into a wholesome new experience: Instead of kill everything on sight, save it. On August 12, Thompson announced that SHEEPO is launching before the end of the month. His unconventional platformer is summarized thus:
“Explore a strange planet, collect the creatures you find, and then shape-shift into them to expand your world. Build your own path, chat with the locals, and discover the planets sprawling secrets in this quirky metroidvania platformer.”
Your name is Sheepo, you may or may not actually be a sheep, and your mission is to rescue an entire planet’s worth of creatures from extinction. No pressure. Collect eggs for an intergalactic database as you platform your way through everything from forests to shrines, dodging bosses and quizzing locals. SHEEPO features five playable characters with five corresponding play styles and a backing soundscape by Eric Thompson. SHEEPO releases on August 26 for PC.