A Metroidvania x Roguelite where you journey with the aid of a cursed hat. Use a variety of magic or possess your enemies to reach the lowest levels! Bring back loot, build new facilities in your village, make a living and strengthen yourself for the next battle! Supports up to 4-player multiplayer.
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Why Early Access?

“Never Grave is our first 2D action game. Unlike most platformers, it has an enemy possession system, base building and multiplayer. We believe that player feedback is essential in order to combine these elements successfully and provide a fresh gaming experience to the Metroidvania x Roguelite genre.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“For Never Grave the EA period will last for at least six months, but the exact end date is yet to be determined. During this period, the complex Metroidvania / Roguelite / Possession System / Base Building / Multiplayer elements will need to be improved in quality from both a technical and design perspective. There are also plans to publish a regular update plan after the start of Early Access.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Never Grave will include:
- Additional monsters that can be possessed
- Additional stages
- Additional bosses
- Additional skills, items, equipment and artefacts
- Additional buildable objects
- Fixes for bugs that occurred during early access.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently we are in the process of developing the first dungeon and implementing the associated enemies, growth elements, skills and items.
In addition, when the early access version is released, the game will have feature:
- Over 100 combinations of randomly generated dungeons
- Over 20 skills and items
- Over 30 "traits" that change the performance of skills and items
- Over 15 "blessings", or buffing effects, that change the style of play
- Several artefacts give players permanent special actions
- A player growth system through building facilities in the village.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“There are no plans at this stage, but the price may increase slightly as more content is added. Any price changes will be discussed with players and carefully considered.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will actively accept and consider feedback and ideas from our players via the Steam Community Hub, Twitter and Discord. Based on the feedback we receive, we will continue to improve the balance and features of the game. We will also maintain communication with the community by regularly publishing information on development status and updates. This will allow players to participate in the development process and keep track of the game's development status.”
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About This Game

Authentic 2D action

Never Grave is 2D action game where you journey with the aid of a cursed hat. Identify enemy attacks, fight with magic, and sometimes use the terrain to win! Dungeons such as ruins and botanical gardens are auto-generated and change each time you play. Furthermore, there are obstacles and puzzles waiting to block the player's path in the dungeons.

Possession system

Possess enemies using a cursed hat. Use unique abilities from your possessed enemies to open up avenues of action and gain an advantage in battle!

Rebuild a ruined village

Use materials collected in the dungeons to clear the rubble of ruined villages, build new facilities and cultivate crops in the fields. Produce food and potions in the village to prepare for the next battle!


Multiplayer support for up to four players. Call your friends from other worlds and conquer dungeons together!

Game features

  • Metroidvania x Roguelite with an emphasis on exploration.
  • Sophisticated and tactilely designed player character controls.
  • Possession system where hats can possess enemies and use their unique abilities.
  • Traditional Japanese hand-drawn limited animation is used for character 2D animation.
  • Thickly painted backgrounds with depth, as if you are travelling through a world of picture books and cut-out pictures.
  • Learn actions such as double-jump from artefacts to explore new areas.
  • Constantly changing play style depending on the synergy of "traits" associated with magic and items.
  • Intense battles with tough bosses. It will take more than just memorizing boss patterns to defeat them without taking damage...
  • Rebuild your village. Strengthen yourself through building and production to prepare for the next adventure.
  • Explore different terrain each time you play through procedurally generated dungeons.
  • Multiplayer support. Up to four players can delve into the dungeon together!

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7 (64bit) or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 6100
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 560
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
    • OS: Windows 10 (64bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1080p, 16:9 recommended
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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