Square Enix have today finally revealed the release date for the brutal new hack and slash RPG Lords of the Fallen, developed by CI Games and Deck 13. The game is due for release on October 28th in the US and October 31st in Europe, for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
From Tomasz Gop, who worked on The Witcher, Lords of the Fallen is a dark and challenging RPG that has gathered a none too surprising amount of comparisons to Dark Souls. The developers do openly admit that they are fans of the Souls games and have certainly taken inspiration but the game still maintains its own unique features and setting that should set it apart from Dark Souls. As a next-gen only game, Lords of the Fallen looks amazing, with much more crisp and colouful graphics than that of previous Souls games, and it also gives off a slightly different, more high-fantasy style atmosphere.
While the game focuses mainly on its complex and challenging combat, there’s still an interesting enough sounding storyline to hold everything together. Players take on the role of Harkyn, a man that has committed all manner of sins and is no where near the usual style of fantasy hero. With Humanity having abolished all sins, when evil returns to the world Humanity look to Harkyn to defend them and offer him the chance to redeem himself. The story isn’t meant to be ground-breaking but helps to further differentiate the game from its Dark Souls inspiration and will hopefully be interesting enough to drive players forward through the game.
With the majority of this years big releases all coming in October, it seems like a potentially risky decision to release Lords of the Fallen at the same time. It wont even be the only RPG in October as it butts heads with both Dragon Age Inquisition and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. It’s likely to draw interest from Souls fans who are looking for a new challenge while waiting for Bloodborne next year, but with this awkward release slot, it could possibly be overlooked as people make decisions on what to buy throughout October.
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