For everything, there is a season, turn turn turn. We’ve bid farewell to Albion Online this week, as it has launched properly and thus no longer qualifies as being in beta, but we also can say hello to the early access period for Dark and Light. Seriously, that just came out of nowhere, after ages of delays. It’s kind of awesome like that. So hooray for new early access!
We also bid farewell to Gigantic as it reaches its official launch. It’s like everyone graduating from college, although in this case college is full of supposed tests that are mostly a matter of building notoriety and… huh. That analogy works surprisingly well.
More testing news? Of course, friends, of course.
- The launch content for Tree of Life is available on the game’s test server, according to press releases. You can check out the game’s launch trailer, too, if you’d like.
- Good news for Destiny 2 fans on console, the open beta is running this weekend! Who doesn’t love that? PC players, presumably.
- Absolver isn’t quite an MMO, but it’s got a lot of the tropes, it has a nicely ornate combat system, and it’s launching on August 29th. So it’s all cool, and it’s almost there, right?
- As Chronicles of Elyria slowly rolls out its tribes, the developers have stressed the idea that you will have to pick and choose your tribe based on what you want to do in the game. So you can be whatever you want, as long as what you want is something your chosen tribe is already good at.
- Closed beta weekend in Citadel: Forged With Fire starting on Saturday? Don’t mind if we do. Yes, that’s moving particularly fast. So fast that you can fly, even.
- Last but not least, if you want to muck about on tropical islands while muttering about how this sly dog must’ve hidden the treasure in these parts, you’ll be quite excited about the riddle quests in Sea of Thieves. If you want to discuss how most pirate raids were about getting supplies instead of treasure and there was no reason to go bury this stuff… you should probably just bow out now, honestly.
Well, after all of that I’m sure everyone wants to retreat to the safety of the list of games in testing, yes? I know I do. It’s down below, and you can feel free to scroll through it and let us know if we’re missing something important in the comments.
Absolver came out of nowhere last year, not quite an MMO but with a lot of the stock online multiplayer RPG trappings, with a special emphasis on its detailed mix-and-match combat. If it’s on your radar, you might consider the game’s newly unveiled preorders.
“Starting today eager combatants that preorder Absolver on PlayStation 4 or PC will receive 10 percent off the base $29.99 price, the Labyrinth Prospect mask, and Uring Priest gear set. The most ardent fans can preorder the limited small batch physical Absolver Collector’s Edition from Special Reserve Games for $74.99, which includes an ultra premium, wearable Prospect mask with display stand, a 52-page The Art of Absolver book, and sticker pack in addition to a PlayStation 4 disc or PC download via Steam.”
The game is still expected to launch on August 29th for PC and PS4. An Xbox One release was referred to in the press materials from E3, but no date for that has been announced.
Still not sure? Have a look at the latest trailers down below.
We’ve kept an eye on multiplayer ARPG Absolver since its debut just before last year’s E3, and it’s back at the show again in 2017 with not just the three combat melee forms we already knew about but a fourth.
“Zui Quan masters at Sloclap and bootleggers at Devolver Digital revealed the mysterious fourth combat style for the upcoming combat melee combat game Absolver today: Stagger,” the studio writes. “A sight to behold, players can master this savage style later this summer in the game’s closed beta and attendees of E3 who have appointments to check out Absolver can try their hand at this difficult and entertaining fighting style.”
You can tell somebody was having fun in this press release too: “Absolver drunkenly punches you on PC and PlayStation 4 on August 29.” Well then. An Xbox One release is referred to in press materials, but no date for that has been announced. Check out the new trailer too!
“Combat is your art. And mastering the medium is essential to becoming an Absolver.”
Multiplayer action RPG Absolver is putting great stock in its flexbile combat system, making it the be-all and end-all of your character’s purpose. To wit, the team posted a combat overview to show the three initial melee forms that can be learned and how players might choose to mix-and-match abilities to create their own unique fighting style.
The Forsaken style allows players to parry attacks, Windfall users avoid hits altogether, and the Kahlt Method allows for damage absorption. While fighting, players will move to one of four stances, in which there are different attacks available. By picking favorite attacks, players can slot them into a combat deck and create a sequence of moves for each of the stances.
See how the combat flows in the video below, and don’t miss the last couple of slides of the video, which confirm an August 29th launch on PC and PS4.
Ever fancy yourself the wanderer type, fated to roam the lands while righting wrongs and becoming a legend in your own right? A new multiplayer fighter, Absolver, purports to offer the opportunity to play out this fantasy.
Absolver puts players in the role of Prospects, masked fighters who learn how to become better fighters as they journey across the land. There’s both PvE and PvP encounters to be had that attempt to create spontaneous narratives. Interested parties are invited to sign up for the upcoming open beta test.
The game sounds like it puts great emphasis on an involved combat system: “Battles between warriors are an intense real-time flow of attacks, dodges, feints, and counters, with all aspects of gameplay customizable, including combat styles, weapons, and even individual attack sequences in the player’s combat deck.”
Discover more about the game on its website or through the trailer and developer walkthrough below!
We still couldn’t tell you exactly what Absolver is. Sure, it’s probably not an MMO, but “online combat RPG” has no closer analogue. Heck, maybe we’re all reading the title wrong and it’s about a group of characters who attempt to solve problems with abs. Perhaps nine minutes or so of gameplay footage would help answer all of our questions; we could all just jump past the break and check that out in footage from the E3 floor.
If you’re wondering what lies within the video, spoiler warning: There is punching. And kicking. And dodging. Lots of all of the above, along with a high-level overview of how the game works and a glance at more ornate systems like editing your fighting stance. So it’s just the video to watch if you thought that punching was something in short supply.
Absolver is… probably not an MMORPG. But it is an “online combat RPG,” which sure sounds like an action combat MMORPG without the “massive” part (maybe?). We don’t know much else, aside from the fact that it’s emphasizing combat in both PvP and PvE and is launching on Steam in 2017 for both PCs and consoles. Oh yeah, and it’s super pretty if you’re into stylized realism.
“Absolver puts players behind the mask of a Prospect, who has taken a sacred vow and chosen to join the Absolvers, an elite corps of combatants fighting to maintain stability in the world. Monitored by the Guides, the new rulers of the fallen Adal Empire, players will wander these forsaken lands and encounter other Prospects online in order to learn their place in this world and eventually become Absolvers. Along the way, they will learn new combat styles and attacks, and acquire better weapons, powers and armor. Battles between warriors are an intense real-time flow of attacks, dodges, feints and counters, with all aspects of gameplay customizable, including combat styles, weapons and even individual attack sequences in the player’s Combat Deck. Build a team of warriors to fight side by side with you in the dungeon mines of Adal (PvE) or put your skill on display in dedicated combat arenas (PvP) scattered across the land.”
The trailer and pics are below.