Beta sign up are now live for Absolver, is a very impressive new martial arts-focused action RPG with co-operative PvE and competitive PvP gameplay, in which you take on the role of a Prospect who joins an elite band of combatants who fight to maintain stability in the world.
Absolver is the debut release from Sloclap, a new studio created by former Ubisoft Paris employees, and is planned to be published by Devolver Digital later this year. It’s an epic open world adventure with a rich lore and an RPG-style progression system, but with deep combat more reminiscent of a fully fledged fighting game like Street Fighter or Tekken – with intense battles that require timing and skill as you execute deadly attacks, feints, dodges, counters and parries.
It’s a game that focuses on fast, flowing real-time melee combat with plenty of tactical depth and customisable fighting styles. Players can define everything about their characters fighting style, from weapon choice to customising the flow of their movements by arranging attacks in a “combat deck”.
Players start out as Prospects who wander the forsaken lands seamlessly encountering other players and fighting alongside them or against them in solo duels or intense 3v3 battles. Each encounter is filled with tension as players decide wether to fight, trade or befriend – trust is in short supply in the world of Absolver. The beautiful Unreal Engine powered game world has plenty to keep players occupied too, including PvP battle arenas and PvE dungeons that players can venture into in search of rare loot. As they progress, players will also earn weapons, equipment and cards that they can use to customise their combat deck.
Combat often seems like an afterthought in action RPG’s, with players able to get past most enemies by simply levelling up enough and spamming attacks, not so in Absolver. It’s a breath of fresh air in the action RPG genre in which skill based combat is front and centre, making for a refreshingly intense and engaging experience. Sign up for the Beta now to be one of the first to raise their fists in the forsaken lands.
UPDATE: This Beta Is No Longer Available