Recompile, Phigames' 3D Metroidvania, takes place in a messy Mainframe full of half-sentient programmes, which you—a naughty bit of code that's facing deletion—have to escape. The striking new trailer takes us on a brief tour on the Mainframe and some new environments and offers up a first look at some new hacking mechanics. 

Malindy Hetfeld had a chat with Phigames about the art of creating the perfect first game trailer back in July, but I think it's topped it with the new trailer. Recompile's certainly a looker, full of weird environments conjured up by the Mainframe. There are cyberpunk cities, volcanic caverns and floating ruins, all filled with obstacles. It's all just code, though, and thus exploitable. 

You'll be able to hack every environmental feature, apparently, and judging by the trailer the results will results will sometimes be quite explosive. You can shoot and smash your way through obstacles, or you can use your hacking skills to fiddle around with logic gates, letting you pacify enemies or solve puzzles. 

Alternatively, you could just try to be very light on your feet. There's plenty of platforming and you're an agile bit of code, able to dash and jump your way out of trouble, or use your superior acrobatic skills to outmanoeuvre enemies before moving in for the kill.

There's a branching narrative to go along with the Metroidvania mechanics, exploring AI and machine sentience, which will be informed by your playstyle as well as well as more overt choices. Hacking enemies and making them chill the heck out rather than, say, battering them with your digital fists could have consequences later. 

Recompile won't be out until next year, but if you're going to EGX London next week, you'll be able to take the latest build for a spin.

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A new Recompile demo is playable at Gamescom 2019!

We’re super proud and excited to be a part of Gamescom this year and to prove it, we have a brand new Recompile demo that will be playable on the Dear Villagers booth in the Indie Arena area from August 20th to 24th!

This new and updated demo will showcase the main enemies you’ll encounter in Recompile, all based on the geometric solids of Plato. These four enemies will represent Order, Ecology, Chaos & Wrath. The patterns of these enemies are all unique and dealing with them will be no easy task. You’ll need to learn and observe how each and every one of them moves in order to beat them.

Are you heading to Gamescom this year? If so we would love for you to come and meet us there and hear your feedback about the game!

We’ve also made the key art of the game that we hope you’ll like, we sure do!

Don’t forget to follow us on the official Recompile Twitter to ensure you don’t miss more awesome news and updates about Recompile.

You can also follow our publisher; Dear Villagers, on Twitter and Facebook as they’ll also sharing news about the game.

See you there!


They just keep coming don’t they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn’t know about, as well as stuff that’s previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we’re doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed.


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Yesterday, Recompile made it onto E3 in the second edition of the Kinda Funny Games Showcase!

For this occasion, we've made a new teaser especially for the event!
If you're new to Recompile, here's what you need to know: Recompile is a 3D Metroidvania-inspired, explosive hacking adventure combining single-player action with environmental hacking mechanics and a dynamic branching narrative system.

Coming to PC in 2020.

Since the reveal in March our game has had its share of praise both in the press and from gamers at events like EGX Rezzed so we really want to thank you all for your support and your feedback.

If you don't want to miss future news about Recompile, please join the Recompile & Dear Villagers community on social media:

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As always, don't forget to wishlist us on Steam, that helps us a lot:

You may have seen them already: luminescent, moody, glitchy-looking gifs on Twitter and Reddit. No, they're not teasers for the next Tron movie, but snippets from an indie title called Recompile - a 3D platformer by Phigames.

After weeks of observing these teaser images, I was finally able to get my hands on the game at this year's EGX Rezzed, and ask the game's creator, Phi Dinh, about the process behind designing the game. Unsurprisingly, it turns out Recompile feels just as good as it looks, but it also boasts a variety of unexpected influences. And that's not all - as the developer has some ambitious plans in mind.

Hearing the term computer virus normally doesn't bring positive images to mind, but in Recompile, you are the virus. You're tasked with infiltrating a pseudo-military facility during an "apocalyptic war-type future", and according to Dinh you'll function as "a catalyst for creating the first ever sentient AI".

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Still screenshots don’t do upcoming 3D metroidvania Recompile much justice. You might get a feel for the scale of the Tron-like virtual world developers Phigames have built, but it can’t convey the mad, wibbly glitch effects that fade as the world reassembles itself, Bastion-style. It’s hard to even get a handle on what its protagonist looks like in stills – a humanoid form made from searing hot-looking particles that are lost and restored as they move. So, it’s probably best you look at the debut trailer below, because it’s rather pretty, although sadly not due until next year.


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Phigames and Dear Villagers are glad to reveal Recompile's first trailer! Our atmospheric hacking adventure game Recompile will be coming to PC in 2020.

Combining traditional Metroidvania mechanics with a dynamic branching narrative system, Recompile challenges players to explore, fight, hack and survive. Discover the many secrets beneath the ancient digital landscape, and prepare for system-wide reconfiguration.

Watch our brand new reveal trailer:
We'll be sharing news here from time to time, so stay tuned for upcoming updates on development.

We're also sharing news & exclusive content on social media. If you don't want to miss anything about the game, follow us on Twitter:

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And of course, don't forget to wishlist the game on Steam if you like what you see, that helps us a lot!

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