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Devolver Digital has a new online combat RPG coming in 2017, and it looks good


News by Matt S. 

In one of Devolver Digital's most ambitious games yet, the publisher has joined forces with newcomer, Sloclap, to announce Absolver. Immediately this has become one game to pay very close attention to.

Absolver is billing itself as an online combat RPG, which offers intense and varied melee-focused combat, and that wouldn't necessarily catch my interest, except that the game is, firstly, gorgeous, but more importantly, it's promising a genuine and rich narrative to go with the gameplay.

From the release:

In the ruins of the fallen Adal Empire, you awaken with a mysterious mask on your face, and faint recollections of an esoteric ceremony. Freeing you from hunger, thirst, and even death, the mask is the creation of the Guides, the rulers of these lands, who have placed you here to determine whether you are worthy of becoming part of the elite corps of Absolvers. As you wander these forsaken lands, encountering other Prospects like you, you will learn new combat styles, acquire weapons, gear and armor, and build a team of warriors with whom to fight side by side in Arenas of combat.

Intriguing, no? The game also has some seriously high-quality pedigree working on it, with Sloclap being formed from former Ubisoft employees that had worked on Watch_Dogs and the Ghost Recon series. The game will be demoed at E3 this year, and is due for release in 2017 on PC and consoles.


The game's feature set, as well as its debut tailer, below:

Fluid Real-Time Combat: Position yourself in one of four tactical stances during real-time battles and execute devastating attacks, dodges, and parries. Movement becomes your weapon as you engage in solo duels or intense three-on-three melees battles.

Customizable Style and Flow: Players will define their character’s playstyle by picking a combat style, a weapon of choice, and arranging attacks in their Combat Deck to design their unique and personal attack flow.

Online Multiplayer Action and Narrative: Prospects and Absolvers will seamlessly encounter others in the world, generating unique stories that emerge through player interaction and choices. These moments are filled with tension as intentions to battle, trade, or befriend are never clear: trust is always a leap of faith. Encounters will have lasting consequences and transform into meaningful relationships as you make friends or enemies and find mentors or disciples.

PvP and PvE: Explore a rich and dynamic world including dedicated PvP battle arenas where champions will receive spoils of victory and progress in the ranks of the Absolvers, and PvE dungeons in which players cooperatively battle to retrieve rare loot and equipment from the depth of the Adal mines.



- Matt S. 
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Devolver Digital has a new online combat RPG coming in 2017, and it looks good
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