Hyper Light Drifter - Special Edition

Release Date
September 6 2018
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eShop Sale History
Sale Period Price Discount
November 2018 $15.99 20%
June 2019 $16.99 15%
November 2019 $11.99 40%
January 2020 $13.99 30%
March 2020 $9.99 50%
August 2020 $10.99 45%
November 2020 $9.99 50%
April 2021 $11.99 40%
December 2021 $9.99 50%
December 2022 $10.99 45%
April 2023 $13.99 30%
December 2023 $11.99 40%
April 2024 $11.99 40%

Hyper Light Drifter is an action-adventure RPG developed by Heart Machine, with gameplay inspired by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo.

The game was funded via a Kickstarter campaign which launched on September 12, 2013. After hitting its original goal of $27,000 within 24 hours, total funding reached $645,158, and achieved all but its final stretch goal of $1,000,000 for a Super Nintendo demake. This significantly increased the scope of the game, adding new game modes including co-op, new and expanded areas, and more gear.

The player controls the Drifter, who harnesses forgotten technology in his desperate search for a cure to a terminal disease – a reference to lead developer Alex Preston’s life-long battle with congenital heart disease.

This Special Edition was ported to the Switch by Abylight, and includes exclusive content for the Switch – a new outfit, Tower Climb challenge, and new Crystal Shot and Blade Caster weapons.

The PC release has a Metacritic score of 84, and Steam reviews are Very Positive.


Hyper Light Drifter – how heart disease inspired one of 2016's great games, The Guardian

'Hyper Light Drifter' is a dark and stunning take on classic 16-bit games, The Verge

Hyper Light Drifter, Kickstarter

Hyper Light Drifter, Metacritic

Hyper Light Drifter, Steam

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