New Game to Check Out: Ember (Now Available on Steam)
Ember — which was originally supposed to be an iOS game, I gather — bills itself as “a homage to classic role-playing games (RPG)”:
A passion project 10 years in the making, Ember is a homage to classic role-playing games (RPG). Enter the world of Ember as a resurrected “Lightbringer” summoned to protect the dying Embers as the world is on the brink of collapse. Beginning in the Deep Barrows, traverse vast environments divided between aboveground and underground realms – ranging from lush forests to dry deserts and dark abysses – to reach the City of Light. See how the story unfolds through encounters with strangers by making pivotal decisions about your own destiny.
- Classic-style RPG with 30+ hours or epic adventure
- Epic storytelling filled with diverse gameplay enabling players to choose their path
- Engaging party-based real-time combat system with tactical pause
- Over 65 combat skills for the player to use in customized battle party strategy
- Encounter hundreds of NPCs with their own tales to tell
- In-depth crafting system, from baking bread to forging magic weapons
- A seamless world with over 20 handcrafted environments and dark dungeons that are fully interactive and feature movable objects, weather changes and day/night cycles
- Adventure with different companions with their own backstory quests
You can check out the game’s trailer above. Graphically, the game looks nice; it’s not cutting edge, but the visuals are still colourful and gorgeous, and the environments look well-crafted and varied. Here again, we see the use of formalized, menu-driven crafting rather than in-world object interactivity, but there is still a bit of Ultima evident in this game’s design; objects in the game are moveable, and there’s both weather and a day/night cycle (take that, Divinity: Original Sin!).
Ember is available on Steam; its regular price is $8.49 USD, although at the moment it happens to be available for 15% cheaper than that.
(Hat Tip: Infinitron Dragon)