There’s something about 3D side-scrollers that tickles my fancy. I can’t put my finger on what it is, but that combination always has me interested. The second I saw The Dark Heart of Balor, I couldn’t help buy have a smile on my face.

Game Artists, LLC has announced that their 3D side-scrolling hack-and-slash game The Dark Heart of Balor is heading to Switch, and it’s due out sometime in mid 2022. The trailer above should give you a good idea of what to expect, but you can hit up the press release below for a complete breakdown.

“The Dark Heart of Balor” is a dark fantasy hack and slash side scroller, where you play the demon possessed Hunter. Archdemon Balor has opened the Gate of Hell into the human realm and hordes of demons and monsters have flooded into man’s world destroying everything in their path. You must protect those who are still alive and ultimately destroy Balor to close the Gate. Your quest will take you across the continent of Eridun into dark crypts, demon infested wilds, and demonic rifts in the fabric of the world. It will be full of deadly traps, ambushes, and puzzles. The diabolic foes in your way will test your combat skills and newly found arcane powers. Will you become strong enough to put an end to Balor’s reign of terror? The fate of the world depends on you, Hunter.


Thrilling 3D side-scrolling hack and slash gameplay.

An atmospheric dark fantasy world to explore. Each level in the game features a unique environmental design, variety of NPCs, and interesting usage of player’s skills and locomotion.

A plethora of deadly weapons and powers to unlock. You have at your disposal an assortment of arms, melee and magical, that you can use in several powerful combinations.

An army of monsters and demons to slay.

Upgrade system. As the game progresses, you will gain skill points that can be used to upgrade your character’s abilities, such as multiple offensive and defensive skills and magic.


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