When DiscStorm was announced last month, it was a total surprise but a pleasant delight. The game combines sport with tough as nails arena combat as players have to lob discs around the place to defeat AI opponents. It’s easy to pick up but difficult to master, says developer XMPT Games.
Being a sports-based title, DiscStorm is also perfect for multiplayer and so it allows up to four players to go head-to-head and knock the digital snot out of one another. The problem with multiplayer, however, is that there are only four characters and if three players get to make a decision, the last player has no choice but settle for whoever’s left.
That’s got to be disappointing and so XMPT has added a new character called ‘Navika’ to the mix.
DiscStorm Introduces Navika
DiscStorm‘s character roster was previously made up of two men (Gustav and Dexter) and two women (Mille and Alyssa), so there’s a good balance there and the cast isn’t all white either, with Dexter being a person of colour. The developer explains that that when they decided to add a new character, and give a fourth player the chance to choose, they wanted the newbie to be a woman as there are already so many fighting games where there are more playable male characters then female ones.
Furthermore, XMPT wanted the new DiscStorm character to be young as the other playable characters are of similar ages and the Ninja Master who teaches you the ropes, is an old white woman. Hence Navika, who is a young woman of colour from a wealthy family and she’s also a DiscStorm pro who has grown out of the amateurs in her age group and is taking on Gustav, Alyssa and co. to give herself more of a challenge.
DiscStorm has a good mix of characters here and while I try not to give out cookies for basic levels of diversity, it is reassuring to see a developer buck the trend of other games in the genre.
DiscStorm will be released in June on PC and PS Vita.