Wacky & Colorful Japanese Anime Inspired Rogue-lite “AWAY” for PC, Switch & Consoles (trailer)



“Away: Journey to the Unexpected” to storm into PAX East under the Playdius label with playable demo and new intro teaser




Paris, Tuesday March 7, 2017 – Revered independent developer Aurelien Regard, creator of
The Next Penelope, today announced his new project ‘AWAY’, a colorful first-person adventure game that combines action and negotiation mixed in a rogue-lite environment! AWAY is scheduled to be published this year by Plug In Digital’s new label, Playdius, on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch. To celebrate the announcement of ‘AWAY’, Aurelien Regard released a first-look teaser for the game that captures the essence of Japanese Anime.


“I’ve been a long-time fan of first person games, but most of the time, you’re either facing realistic war or very abstract universes. I’ve been waiting for a long time to play this type of games in a different, colorful setting, filled with joyful or wacky characters you can interact with. Also, sometimes I really miss the silliness of the 90’s anime shows we grew up with in Europe. This is how this project started, and I hope others will enjoy this experience as much as we enjoy creating it!”  —  Aurelien Regard


The new intro teaser for ‘AWAY’ showcases the game’s inspired art style while providing a look at some of its oddball characters, foes, and locations that will be encountered on your journey to the unexpected. The teaser also has a snazzy, fast-paced Japanese song by Aya Majiro and Kazuhiko Naruse to listen to that perfectly sets the mood for the game.



‘AWAY’ will also be on the show floor at PAX East 2017 for fans and press to get another look at the first-person rogue-lite adventure. We invite journalists to stop by the booth # 11124 to check out ‘AWAY’ and speak with Aurelien Regard about the game.

“AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected” is scheduled this year. More info on the release date to come.




About Playdius

Playdius is an up-and-coming French independent video game publisher, with the mission to market a selection of handpicked games across platforms, which deserve recognition for their creativity and originality. Benefiting from its experience in digital distribution through its subsidiary Plug-in-digital, Playdius prides itself in curating best-of-breed independent content and providing developers with turn-key publishing solutions

About Aurelien Regard

Aurelien Regard is a video game developer known for being the co-founder of the French-based studio Arkedo, which released games with Sega and Eidos. After releasing an action racing game called “The Next Penelope” two years ago as an indie developer, he is now trying something new with “AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected”. This time, his friend Jim Gennisson (who worked as level designer on the Rayman franchise), is helping him, so expect something pretty different!

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