Throwback Ninja Platformer The Messenger Arrives on PS4 March 19

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Throwback Ninja Platformer The Messenger Arrives on PS4 March 19

Sabotage’s love letter to old school 8-bit and 16-bit classics plays with your expectations in a surprising way.

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When Sabotage creative director Thierry Boulanger was eight years old, his grandfather gave him a copy of Ninja Gaiden II. This event sparked a lifelong interest in telling stories and creating his own dream video game. About 25 years later, The Messenger, an 8-bit ninja platformer that blossoms into a 16-bit metroidvania, was released to critical acclaim, earned the Game Award for best Debut Indie Game of 2018 and was even praised by the Ninja Gaiden creators themselves.

In The Messenger, players take the role of a young ninja tasked with carrying a magic scroll across a cursed world in order to save his clan besieged by a demon army. While, on the surface The Messenger might look like a simple homage to the classic platformers, you’ll quickly discover that the game plays with your expectations to surprise you with its modern game design approach, clever writing and super tight controls. The cast of memorable characters as well as its fourth wall and the inclusion of a few mechanics from other game genres also contribute in making The Messenger a truly unique gaming experience.

While the game is considered fair compared to platformers of the early 90s, it still proves very challenging even to hardcore players with its 45 optional Power Seals to collect as well as its unique New Game+ system. We also designed The Messenger with the speedrunning community in mind from the beginning and we make a point to wholeheartedly support the scene in any way we can.

Ever since The Messenger was announced, fans have been asking us to bring it to PS4. Well, the wait is over, and we are very excited that the PlayStation family can carry the scroll and do the thing with a DualShock controller starting March 19.

But that’s not all. This summer, the story of The Messenger will take an unexpected turn with the release of a free expansion entitled Picnic Panic. This resolutely silly adventure will test your skills even more as our ninja heads to Voodkin Island in order to thwart Barma’thazël’s wicked plan.

Sabotage is a Quebec City based indie studio mostly made up of veteran developers with a deep passion for retro games and the punk attitude. We hope that you will enjoy The Messenger as it was created with a lot of love to bring back those memories of gaming from another era while keeping you on the edge as truly modern games do so well.

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  • I can’t wait to play this game! Love the new design!!

  • I’m just a kid, and live is a nightmare!

  • Mercenary09

    Excited to finally get this on PS4. I held off on picking it up on Switch as I figured it would make its way over here.

    • I was waiting also for a PS4 verison. I was to late. I hoy the switch version. I can at least take it on go. I hoping PS4 had a cross buy with pa vita support.

  • Excellente nouvelle!

  • riotous010lunch

    Fantastic Game. Lots of interesting .

  • Alucard-XII

    Thank you for porting the game. I’ve been waiting for this announcement for so long.

  • Beat on switch as I couldn’t wait for a PS4 release. Will probably play again.

  • Martin Brouard

    Thanks a lot for the kind comments.
    We are so very excited about releasing The Messenger on PS4.
    The game will, of course, have a platinum trophy.
    If you have any specific questions I will be happy to answer them as best as I can.


    • It looks awesome! Any chance of a Vita port? It seems like a perfect fit for it!

  • Day 1! Is there a platinum?

  • The price would be pretty cool to know…

  • ZombieRollz

    Oooohhh I cannot wait for this! Look at that smooth Ninja butter gameplay :)

  • I got this on Switch (close to beating it), but the PlayStation trophies have me wishing I would have waited! When trophies were first announced I thought they were silly, so I was not expecting to care this much about them years later. Haha ☹️

  • Since the game is not up for pre-order on the PS Store, can you tell us what price the game will be sold for? (Canadian PS Store here)

  • Finally found time to check out this post.Such awesome game…such a waste it’s not on Vita,this game does not belong to the PS4 it belongs to the Vita.

  • Getting the physical version from Limited Run! J’ai hâte de jouer en “Québécois”!

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