Making Hyper Light Breaker's fizzy 80s anime character designs

Crafting the characters of video game Hyper Light Breaker; a blue haired character stands in a field holding a sword
The angular design of Hyper Light Breaker's character design feels nostalgic, drawing on the same 80s cartoons and anime of the original game. (Image credit: Heart Machine / Arc Games)
Hyper Light Breaker details

Crafting the characters of video game Hyper Light Breaker; a group of stylised game characters

(Image credit: Heart Machine / Arc Games)

Developer Heart Machine
Arc Games
Late summer
Platform Unreal Engine 4
Formats PC (Steam), consoles TBC

Anyone who played Hyper Light Drifter fell in love with its colourful, impressionistic world rendered in tiny pixels. Our minds filled in the gaps and embellished every angular, geometric ruin and colour-washed 8-bit forest. With follow-up Hyper Light Breaker, set in a 3D open world, developer Heart Machine is colouring inside the lines for us.

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Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.