Cooperation is important when obstacles can only be overcome by working together. MadLife Divertissment’s upcoming two-player title Zorya: The Celestial Sisters is all about co-op gameplay, as you and a partner must help a pair of estranged sibling goddesses work together to solve puzzles and defeat enemies in an effort to reunite.
Set in the land of Vyraj, a dying world afflicted by permanent sunshine, Aysu and Solveig (goddesses of the night and sun, respectively) must find a way to return Aysu to her place in the sky. Problem is, the earthbound Aysu cannot go into the sunlight. Thus the two must work together – Aysu staying in the shadows at ground level and Solveig overseeing all from above – to navigate the obstacles preventing Aysu from making her way back home safely. The sisters must rely on one and other to solve "increasingly complex puzzles" and eventually "bring back the night in the never sleeping world."
Winner of the Ubisoft Montreal Game Lab Competition, Zorya features bright and colourful 3D graphics. Aysu is controlled in typical free-roaming third-person mode, while Solveig assumes a first-person view from overhead, as befits a goddess in her natural element. Playing with a friend either online or together in person in split-screen mode, gamers will need to "communicate and collaborate" while guiding Aysu through Vyraj, utilizing the sisters' unique powers along the way. Solveig can control time, altering the position of the sun in order to open up new paths of exploration for Aysu. Trapped in the shadows, Aysu must harness the powers of wind to push enemies into the sunlight for Solveig to deal with.
Zorya: The Celestial Sisters is set to release on February 8, 2022 for Nintendo Switch and Windows PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. A Stellar Edition, which includes the soundtrack and a digital art book, will also be available. Zorya will offer full online cross-play functionality between devices, and a Friends Pass will allow owners of the game to invite their friends who do not have a copy of their own, making it "an experience for truly everyone."