From Sloclap, a team made up of former Watch Dogs and Ghost Recon developers, Absolver is an online combat RPG game set for release in 2017 on PlayStation 4 and PC. They mentioned “consoles” in the announcement, so an Xbox One version is also likely.
Playing as a Prospect, someone who’s taken a vow and decided to join the Absolvers, an elite group of people fighting to maintain stability in the world, Absolver includes both PvE gameplay and dedicated PvP combat arenas. You’ll battle in Absolver by choosing one of four stances defined by your orientation towards your enemy, with different skills learned throughout the game.
Here’s the description:
In the ruins of the fallen Adal Empire, you awaken with a mysterious mask on your face, and faint recollections of an esoteric ceremony. Freeing you from hunger, thirst, and even death, the mask is the creation of the Guides, the rulers of these lands, who have placed you here to determine whether you are worthy of becoming part of the elite corps of Absolvers. As you wander these forsaken lands, encountering other Prospects like you, you will learn new combat styles, acquire weapons, gear and armor, and build a team of warriors with whom to fight side by side in Arenas of combat.
- Fluid Real-Time Combat – Position yourself in one of four tactical stances during real-time battles and execute devastating attacks, dodges, and parries. Movement becomes your weapon as you engage in solo duels or intense three-on-three melees battles.
- Customizable Style and Flow – Players will define their character’s playstyle by picking a combat style, a weapon of choice, and arranging attacks in their Combat Deck to design their unique and personal attack flow.
- Online Multiplayer Action and Narrative – Prospects and Absolvers will seamlessly encounter others in the world, generating unique stories that emerge through player interaction and choices. These moments are filled with tension as intentions to battle, trade, or befriend are never clear: trust is always a leap of faith. Encounters will have lasting consequences and transform into meaningful relationships as you make friends or enemies and find mentors or disciples.
- PvP and PvE – Explore a rich and dynamic world including dedicated PvP battle arenas where champions will receive spoils of victory and progress in the ranks of the Absolvers, and PvE dungeons in which players cooperatively battle to retrieve rare loot and equipment from the depth of the Adal mines.
Sloclap Creative Lead Pierre de Margerie said:
The studio is excited to debut our first game with Devolver Digital and get it into the hands of gamers and media at E3; Absolver is the result of our combined experiences in game development and we believe that our team has created something special together. We think the world would be a much better place if there were no guns. Then we could finally focus on important things, like sword fighting and how to kill a man with one punch.
Expect Absolver gameplay to debut next month during E3 2016.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]