Served to you on a radiating platter of spectacle from the same staff responsible for the Soul Calibur and Tekken series, Rise of Incarnates is a free-to-play PC fighting game predicted to release later in 2014. But before the game is unleashed upon the battle-ready populace, you are invited to ten full days – 8 August to the 18 August – of Closed Beta combat.
It is The Era of Incarnates. Incarnates, or humans with the ability to draw power from diamones, spiritual manifestations of gods, demons, and monsters of world mythology, are feared by the general population. Nature ravages the surface of the planet with “cube phenomena”: falling meteorites and sweeping cold fronts that presumably fill the incarnates with a bit of angst and warranted pugilism.
One day, a voice materialises within the heads of the incarnates, telling them, “If you want this mess to end, bro/ pretty lady, you better somehow find and beat down the Sovereign of this era” (I’m paraphrasing). With their own interpretations of the cryptic message and no idea who the Sovereign might be, the incarnates decide on the most entertaining course of action: hyperbolic fighting excitement!
Okay, with my scatterbrained summary out of the way, players who participate in the Closed Beta will be able fight as Mephistopheles, Lilith, The Grim Reaper, and Ares on day one. Brynhildr will be added later on 13 August.
Now, with these five characters, and this may be inaccurate, there are representations of German Folklore, Jewish Mythology, English or universal mythology (death is personified in some way in most cultures), Greek Mythology, and Germanic Mythology, respectively, whom I presume are smacking one another unconscious, through their human hosts, for supremacy. Whatever their reasons for conflict, it’s pretty cool to have an artistic interpretation of the historical world’s mythic celebrities all skirmishing in the same game.
One thing that worries me about the Beta regards purchasable content. The press release states, “The Closed Beta will have a selection of in-game purchasable options available; this will allow the players to try out a selection of in-game character customisation options.” Whether this means that players will have to pay for this content for use in the Beta, which is lame if that’s the case, or that content that will cost money in the final version of the game will be offered for free in the Beta is unclear.
Whether the content turns out to be purchase-only or not (don’t pay for the content if it sucks), if you’re finding it difficult to contain your fighting spirit and have the will to try something new, sign up for the Closed Beta right freakin’ here.
– Jedediah H.