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Indie game Moonlighter sells over half a million copies

Turns out playing as a shopkeeper sells a lot of games. Who knew?

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Turns out playing as a shopkeeper sells a lot of games. Who knew?

Moonlighter, from Digital Sun and 11 Bit Studios, is best described as a cross between SNES-era Legend of Zelda and Stardew Valley. On the face of it, that sounds weird, but let it sink in for a moment.

It’s actually a brilliant elevator pitch, isn’t it?

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Clearly, lots of you thought so because, in the almost a year since Moonlighter released, it’s shifted over 500,000 copies across all platforms. That’s PC, PS4, Xbox One, and later, Nintendo Switch – with over 150,000 copies sold on Nintendo’s eShop alone – evidence if ever it were needed that catering to a wide audience is beneficial.

To celebrate Moonlighter’s milestone, Digital Sun has today announced that the game’s first major DLC, Between Dimensions, will be coming to all platforms in summer 2019. Here’s what’s included:

  • New Monsters – Expand the main experience by filling current dungeons with new creatures.
  • The Interdimensional Dungeon – An all-new dungeon swarming with powerful new mini-bosses.
  • New Gear – Adventurers can pick up a plethora of new weapons, armours, shop items, and rings.
  • Trick Weapons – Never before seen Trick Weapons will grant players special powers, but they might come with a price! Twisting Moonlighter’s mechanics in new and inventive ways, these new weapons will punish your enemies, but might just be a little err… tricky at the same time.

For those of you who haven’t got the game yet, it’s also on sale at the moment to celebrate those impressive sales figures.

Moonlighter is currently reduced by 40% on Steam and the Humble Store, and has a healthy 33% discount on the North American Nintendo eShop right now; this discount will come to the European eShop on April 11th.

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