20XX (video game)

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Developer(s)Batterystaple Games
Fire Hose Games
Publisher(s)Batterystaple Games
Director(s)Chris King
Artist(s)Zach Urtes
Composer(s)Brandon Ellis
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
ReleaseAugust 16, 2017
Genre(s)Action, platform, roguelike
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer, co-op multiplayer

20XX is an indie roguelike action platform video game developed by American indie studio Batterystaple Games.[1] The early access version was released for Microsoft Windows on Steam on November 25, 2014,[2] and the completed game was released on August 16, 2017.


Inspired by Mega Man X, players must shoot or slash enemies and complete difficult platforming challenges to finish a stage. The twist is that these stages are generated randomly based on level segments, or "chunks", and also allow for both local and online co-op.[1] Rather than giving you several lives, the game has permadeath, but is a "roguelite" in that you can use Soul Chips earned during the level to unlock new types of passive upgrades to buy, and gain upgrades for the next attempt of that particular run.[3]

During levels players can use bolts gained as currency to buy passive upgrades, or to gain back health or energy in vending machines. They can also find upgrades in treasure chests and other places.[3] Upon beating a boss the player can choose to take their power as a reward, granting them a new special ability, or take a reward of bolts or a random passive upgrade instead.[3]


The game follows Nina, an armored girl armed with a power blaster, and Ace, an armored boy who has an energy sword, in the aftermath of a robotic uprising.[1] Traveling from their base on the Ark, a space station orbiting the Earth, they have been hired to clear dangerous locations that are infested with robots that have run amok.


20XX began to be developed after a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in the spring of 2014, when the game was called Echoes of Eridu.[1] Following a successful Kickstarter, the game joined the Fire Hose Games accelerator program and appeared in the Indie Megabooth at Penny Arcade Expo 2015.[4]

The game was the developer Chris King's first commercial game, and its development was prompted by the belief that it was his last chance to do such a risky thing as game development without a family to support, as he was in his late 20s.[3] The idea behind the game was due to his belief that Capcom had ceased to make enough Mega Man titles, and that he and other fans desired more of the same type of gameplay.[3]

The developer's main focus was on the game feel and getting it to play in a similar manner to Mega Man. The most difficult aspect in developing the game was debugging its netcode that allowed for online play.[3]

Chris believes that Steam's Early Access program was essential to the development of the game, and "couldn't imagine" releasing it without it.[3]


The game's soundtrack was composed by Brandon "Cityfires" Ellis and includes chiptune and synthesizer elements to make it resemble that of a Super NES game.[5]


20XX has been well-received by both fans and the gaming press. Adam Smith of Rock, Paper, Shotgun commented that the game "looks fantastic."[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d Samit Sarkar (March 25, 2015). "20XX is a co-op, roguelike take on Mega Man". Polygon. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "20XX on Steam". Steam. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Interview - Indie-Ana Co-Op and the 20XX Interview". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  4. ^ "20XX - Indie MEGABOOTH". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  5. ^ "20XX". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  6. ^ Smith, Adam (2015-09-18). "20XX Is A Mega Man Roguelite, In Early Access Now". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2016-08-27.

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