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.