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Gestalt: Steam & Cinder Delayed, But Definitely Worth The Wait

When I played Gestalt: Steam & Cinder during Steam Next Fest last year, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I was just interested in trying out every Metroidvania and this fell into that category. When I tell you that I fell in love with the demo of this game, it ended up being my most anticipated Metroidvania of 2024. Developed by Metamorphosis Games, published by Fireshine Games and executive produced by gaming personalities Jesse Cox and Dodger, Gestalt: Steam & Cinder is experienced through the eyes of Aletheia, a strong and powerful woman, an elite mercenary of the Steam City of Canaan, with a take on the art style of retro gaming we all grew to love and an all-new adventure inspired by classic Metroidvanias and action-RPGs.


The story starts with Steam City being on the brink of war, and somehow Aletheia is dragged into this whirlwind journey, where she uncovers long-buried secrets lying at the heart of Canaan and also fights for mankind’s survival. The game takes place in a very steampunk environment, you utilize long-lost tech to attack monsters and machinery. The world is covered in rust and ruin and the Clockwork automata bring on a powerful punch. Discover deep lore while working with allies, new and old. Upgrade your abilities, taking on side jobs make some earnings, and explore the history lost to time on a journey to hunt ancient enigmas threatening the very foundation of Canaan.


  • Unleash Your Inner Flame – Discover the long-buried past of Canaan and uncover secrets lost to time on a thrilling, unpredictable journey.

  • Become a Soldner – Join Aletheia on a heroic quest filled with challenging encounters. Combine close-quarters melee with lethal ranged gun combat to unleash staggering combos in epic feats of skill.

  • Unlock Powerful Skills – Discover and upgrade new abilities and skills to become an unstoppable force against enemies both new and long-forgotten, trading scrap for new accessories to customise your character build.

  • A Beautiful, Handcrafted World – Meet a vibrant cast of characters and journey through a world of stunning pixel art and spectacular handcrafted animations.



What I loved about this game’s demo, was the exploration, the smooth battle system and of course the steampunk environment. I have been most excited for the revolver-firing sword-slashing, all powerful female character and knowing that the game is releasing around the corner. I think that this is the metroidvania fans have been waiting for.  A new take on this genre with something original in the mix and Gestalt: Steam & Cinder definitely shows its originality in the lore, the exploration and the beautiful handcrafted world of Steam City. After all, it’s a 2D side scrolling action platformer with pixel art inspired by the 16-bit and 32-bit era of video gaming.


Wanting to play an engaging story with a badass female who is on a mission to save the world? Originally set to be released May 21, the developers asked the fans to wait a few weeks for the team to sort out some issues with the game, but get ready for July 16, 2024 when Gestalt: Steam & Cinder comes to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.



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