A love letter to all of those fans of Hidetaka Miyasaki.
Are you one of those that love losing over and over again against the same boss until you practically know them so well you could bring it home for dinner with your parents? Well, then you’re a souls-like fan and you’ll probably want to check out Shattered – Tale of the Forgotten King.
I know you: you enjoy the high stakes, the risk of losing your mind between waves of rage and frustration. Souls-like games are your bread and butter in gaming. Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Hidetaka Miyazaki could be in your resume. It’s our duty to let you know that indie developers at Redlock Studio are about to release Shattered – Tale of the Forgotten King, a 2.5 D slash 3D souls-like title.
This game’s visual design looks truly fantastic, spanning through gothic environments and noir landscapes. Its dark colour palette surely represent a wink towards Miyazaki’s creations. But Shattered – Tale of the Forgotten King takes some risks of its own by blending a very interesting mix of gameplay mechanics: 2.5 D puzzle-like fragments and 3D free-roam exploration through a semi open-world experience.
Graphics are pretty good, with some character design similar to what we’ve seen in indie titles like Journey and its pointed-edged legs and feet.
Another similarity with the souls-like genre rests in its narrative, which unfolds as players progress through the game and explore its different areas looking for clues and snippets of lore. But everything comes down to its boss fights and that moment when the long red health bar appears at the bottom of the screen and you know you’re in for a world of pain.
The story revolves around Shattered’s main character, called the Wanderer, who will explore different worlds in the void looking for answers about the extinction of an entire civilization. Survivors will provide hints on what went on as the Wanderer finds them through different planes. Redlock Studio has stated that players’ actions will impact these survivors and their paths, which sounds cool as it’s a feature that can make the world seem truly alive.
Character progression, upgrades and a deep story are all aspects we will be able to find in Shattered – Tale of the Forgotten King, as well as some serious souls-like combat, which will include your typical timing, parrying and learning movement patterns.
Early Access will be available soon, although there is no information regarding the exact release date or price.
Our boy from Buenos Aires, Juan has been a gamer for as long as he can remember (and possibly even longer than that). He loves a good story, and believes every indie game has a compelling one to tell.