There's been a huge surge of Zelda inspired titles recently. Death's Door, Baldo: The Guardian Owls and now XEL, a vibrant adventure coming to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in 2022.

XEL is being developed by Tiny Roar and promises a huge overworld littered with dungeons, action and quests. It's taking the guise of classic Zelda adventures, embodying the top-down view seen in games such as A Link to the Past, but implementing a 3D graphical art style instead.

Outside of dungeon exploration, you'll fight powerful monsters, unlock new weapons, upgrade gadgets and do tons more. The entire Zelda formula is here and we're eager to give it a go.

Key Features

- Explore the mysterious world of XEL and uncover its dark past.A vibrant overworld and challenging Zelda-like dungeons await to be explored and mastered.

- Help Reid figure out who she is and why she is stranded on this strange place.

Hack and slash your way through gone-haywire-robot-minions and face the exotic wildlife of XEL.

Solve time bending puzzles and make use of your arsenal of gadgets to unlock secret paths.

Games that take inspiration from Zelda are always on our radar. There's just something about the template that works, and with this year being the 35th anniversary of the franchise, it's the perfect time to check out some Zelda clones.

In fact, we highlighted a list of some of our favourite Zelda alternatives to play on Xbox earlier this year, so if XEL is calling to you, perhaps take a look and see if there are any titles that tickle your fancy in the meantime.

Intrigued by the look of XEL? Drop us a comment and let us know.