Danish developer Playdead’s 2D puzzle-platformer Limbo might be coming to the Xbox One. According to a tweet spotted by NeoGAF, Limbo has been submitted to South Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee by Microsoft Korea, although nothing has been officially confirmed.
Limbo was released exclusively on Xbox Live Arcade in July 2010, and was later re-released as part of a retail game pack along with Trials HD and ‘Splosion Man in April 2011. Playdead eventually created ports of the game for the PlayStation 3 and PC, which were released after the year-long Xbox 360 exclusivity period was over. OS X and Linux versions were also released in December 2011, and were joined by ports for the PlayStation Vita and iOS in 2013.
As a 2D side-scroller, Limbo uses the physics system Box2D to govern environmental objects and the playable character. You guide an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as he searches for his sister.
Playdead built the game’s puzzles expecting the player to fail before finding the correct solution, calling the highly-difficult gameplay style ‘trial and death’. Gruesome imagery for the boy’s deaths is used as a means to steer the player from unworkable solutions.
The black-and-white graphical presentation of Limbo, which takes advantage of special lighting and film grain effects, is complimented by minimal ambient sounds to create an eerie atmosphere often associated with horror games.
Limbo’s simple yet solid and difficult gameplay, atmospheric environment, and chilling soundtrack earned it mostly positive reviews from critics all over. However, its minimal story was polarizing, with some reviewers believing the lack of significant plot and abrupt ending detracted from the overall experience. Nevertheless, Limbo was the third-highest selling game on the Xbox Live Arcade service in 2010, generating around $7.5 million in revenue.
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