PRESS KIT: The Waste Land

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The Facts:

Developer: Michele Caletti, aka Fledermaus
Based in Milan, Italy
DTG: /waste-land

Press & Media Contact:

Twitter @MicheleCaletti @DTribeGames
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The Waste Land, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem of the same name which is imbued with feelings of despair and lost innocence, puts players in the role of King Zyron III, a fallen ruler who must find his way to right the wrongs caused by his own failings. Players explore a vast world across seven continents and meet memorable characters while fighting off twisted creatures to survive a hostile land – all in gorgeous 8-bit style.

“The overall poem is imbued with a feeling of despair, whose roots are in the lost innocence of this modern age. The real central theme is the disconnection from “nature” all that’s “natural” and of “classic beauty”. I chose to take the overall thing quite literally, going back to the moods of British mythology, and recreating that same feeling of being lost in an age where no one’s safe. The only light in all of this is the player’s character, that starts from a selfish, egoist king, and becomes a better man on the way.” -Michele Caletti

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  • “Metroidvania” style open world with over 15 hours worth of gameplay
  • Find and collect hidden Upgrades, Secrets and Bonuses that boost stats and abilities
  • Discover 10 deadly weapons, 5 swords and 5 arrow types, imbued with unique properties such as the Battle Sword, Chain Sword and Katana as well as the Fire, Bomb and Cursed Arrows
  • Slay 5 giant twisted Bosses that include a mutated slug, colossal hornet and demented whale
  • Encounter colorful characters in each town you discover
  • Watch the ominous moon rise each night as the skies darken and light with the Day/Night cycle
  • Explore vast maps across 7 continents, each with their own challenges to overcome
  • Steam Support includes Cloud Save, Achievements and Trading Cards

Note: game contains content that my be deemed inappropriate to children such as blood, gore and sexual references.

Selected Articles

(note: the following quotes were originally in Italian and were translated by Google Translator)
“With a pixel-art graphics and intriguing retro flavor, is an ambitious and interesting project to keep an eye on. We hope that in the future it may become one of the great classics of the indie scene”

“The Waste Land knows surely arouse interest among the nostalgic but the graphic style has its own charm even today.”
We See In Pixels

“Another metroidvania… and inspiration to the two founders of the genre is really obvious. The style is deliberately retro, and in fact, in a period in which the pixel art has come back into fashion, it can be one of the factors that will determine its success.”

Trailers & Videos

View the first Teaser Trailer for The Waste Land HERE.

Press Releases

The Waste Land Launch Press Release
The Waste Land Announcement
DTG Fantastic Fall Lineup Press Release: Announcing The Waste Land

The Team

Fledermaus consists of just one man, Michele Caletti, who is a game director by trade with over 10 years experience under his belt. He is now excited to launch his passion project, The Waste Land, which he worked on in his spare time during his commutes by train and on his lunch breaks over the last 5 years. When coming up for a name for this indie endeavor Michele wanted a name without the abused “videogame insider jokes” style, something weird and distinguished, and Fledermaus just popped into his mind and has stuck ever since.

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