Developer Hyperstrange has announced that ELDERBORN, a first-person, hack-and-slash combat game, has left Early Access.
In addition, the studio emphasised that players will experience a slightly different narrative and cutscenes for quests depending on the gender of the playable character. The game encourages players to venture around the game world to release a Codex that will further depict the narrative by revealing detailed lore.
The dark fantasy slasher can take up to 10 hours to compete in a single playthrough according to the studio. Players will discover legendary information in the ancient city of Doom, whilst engaging in brutal combat to become a dark messiah that is the head of barbarian tribes.
The gameplay offers players fast-paced and satisfying dismemberment, spearing anything in the way and slashing off heads in quick succession. Players can also unleash their inner King Leonidas from the film 300 by delivering a mighty kick to enemies, knocking them off rocky ledges or into spike traps.
The fluid slashing is accompanied by atmospheric and tribal heavy metal music. The soundtrack complements the hand-crafted world design and the studio said the aesthetics are based on ’90s heavy metal album cover art. Furthermore, the game offers a variety of weapons, including swords, spears, and hammers. ELDERBORN also features an RPG-lite skill tree system for players to progress through.
The trailer showcases the varied level design, especially vertically. Players can find themselves battling hordes of skeletal enemies atop a tower and then be plunged into a deep pit. Additionally, players will encounter tough enemies, each with unique fighting techniques that players will have to learn and defeat.
The studio also highlighted renown author Robert E. Howard as the main influence for creating ELDERBORN. Howard is widely regarded as the pioneer of the ‘sword and sorcery’ sub-genre and is perhaps best known for his iconic character—Conan the Barbarian.
ELDERBORN is available on PC via Steam and is currently 20 percent off until February 6, 2020. The title will also be coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later in 2020.