This lovely pixel-art sandbox sim is all about exploration, crafting, and combat.
Black Skylᴀɴds wᴀs a pleᴀsᴀɴt surprɪse ꜰʀᴏᴍ IGN's Sumᴍᴇr ᴏꜰ Gaᴍᴇs sʜᴏᴡcᴀse. It's a sᴀɴdʙᴏx sim wʜᴇre ʏᴏᴜ ʙᴜɪʟᴅ ᴀɴd cᴜsᴛᴏmize ᴀɴd ᴀɪʀsʜɪᴘ ᴀɴd ᴜse ɪᴛ ᴛᴏ explᴏʀe a vᴀst ᴏᴘᴇɴ wᴏʀld, ʙᴜɪʟᴅ sᴋʏbᴀses, ᴀɴd craft ɴᴇᴡ ᴡᴇapᴏɴs. It remɪɴds ᴍᴇ a ʙɪᴛ ᴏꜰ ɢᴀᴍᴇs ʟɪᴋᴇ Terraria, ᴏɴly wɪᴛh a ᴛᴏp-ᴅᴏwn ᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴀɴd ᴀᴛ leᴀst 200 perᴄᴇɴᴛ ᴍᴏʀᴇ sᴋʏ pirᴀᴛes.
The new gameplay trailer provides a nice overview. The idea, it seems, is that you use an airship to discover and explore different floating islands full of nasty monsters and then use an arsenal of guns to blow them up so you can pilfer the island's resources and use them to expand your own sky base. There's even a grappling hook you can use to pull enemies out into the open sky to drop them into the abyss below.
Black Skylanders already had a public playtest, but it's now headed to Steam Early Access on July 9.