Cathedral is a Metroidvania Game, Launches in 2020 for Switch

Cathedral is a Metroidvania Game, Launches in 2020 for Switch - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 September 2020 / 1,270 Views

Publisher Elden Pixels and developer Decemberborn Interactive announced the Metroidvania game, Cathedral, will launch for the Nintendo Switch later this year. The game first launched for PC via Steam and GOG in October 2019.

View the Nintendo Switch announcement trailer below:

Here is an overview of the game:

Wake up in a world with no recollection of how you got there. A world full of secrets, hidden rooms, dungeons and towns; Cathedral features a vast world, meant for exploring! You control a nameless protagonist, a knight from a different world, who teams up with a spirit known as Soul. Figure out what makes this world tick, and how to get back home.

Unravel the secrets of your past by finding the five elemental orbs. The orbs, placed in ancient times by the demi-god known only as Ardur, are protected by five fearsome guardians. Make your way through their dungeons, meet them head-on in combat, and see if you can best them!

Along the way, you will find magical items that allow you to explore even further, and reach new areas, towns and dungeons.

A Large World to Explore

Cathedral features a large interconnected 2D world, containing more than 600 rooms to explore. Use the handy world map to find new locations, items and backtracking opportunities. The world of Cathedral is completely hand-crafted, and contains many unique areas, secrets and puzzles. Each area of the world is designed to be distinct and unique with its own puzzles and challenges.

Cathedral is not a game that will hold your hand, but rather allow you to set out and explore on your own.

Modern, Tight Controls Meet Retro-Inspired Graphics

Cathedral is an homage to games of the past, built using modern technology. The game makes use of the NES color palette and sound capabilities without following the restrictions fully, which allows us to draw inspiration from both the 8-bit and 16-bit era.

The game is designed to be played using a game controller, such as an XBox, PS or Switch controller, but works well with keyboard too. Regardless of which you choose, you will play a game with extremely tight and fine-tuned controls.

Key Features:

  • Single player adventure game.
  • A large world to explore, filled with secrets.
  • Challenging boss fights.
  • A map system that makes exploring and backtracking the world fun.
  • Towns, shops, shopkeepers, fortune tellers and other NPCs.
  • Lots of varying puzzles, areas and enemies.
  • Awesome 8-bit music, made in Famitracker.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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