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More and more monster taming games inspired by Pokémon have been appearing as of late, but most all of them tend to mimic that series’ top-down RPG roots. The upcoming Monster Sanctuary, however, takes things in another direction – a 2D direction to be precise.

While you’ll still be catching and battling monsters, Monster Sanctuary has you use their abilities to explore a Metroidvania-style world. Check out the latest trailer below to get a better idea of the game in action:

Monster Sanctuary is leaving early access on PC and heading to Switch, PS4, and Xbox One on December 8th, 2020.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.