Lords of the Fallen, a reboot of 2014’s original game, is set to release later this year for Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC. Developed by CI Games and Deck13 Interactive, this game shifts away from its predecessor’s grey and unexciting world to a more colorful and interesting environment that highlights the horror vibes present in its medieval fantasy setting.
In Lords of the Fallen, players take on the role of a Dark Crusader who has abilities to journey between both realms of the living and the dead. The aim of the game is to stop a demon god, Adyr, from being resurrected. What sets it apart is its focus on clue-collecting and environmental storytelling which creates a more detective-driven take on the popular souls-like genre.
Much like its predecessor, Lords of the Fallen follows closely in the footsteps of Dark Souls with its minute-to-minute gameplay. However, it also features unique mechanics that make it stand out from other games in this genre. Below are some notable examples:
- Risk-vs-reward upgrade system – This mechanic has been abandoned in favour of one that offers better clues for players to progress.
- Duality Mechanic – Players can use a lantern to simultaneously show two different versions of reality (one being ghostly), thereby helping them solve puzzles.
- Characters transition between realms – A unique feature where players can become ghosts themselves in order to explore or die in combat and become one for some time.
- Incentives for exploration – Exploring ghostly spaces will reveal clues about story elements present within real-world feudal fantasy settings.
The bosses presented in Lords of the Fallen are twisted abominations such as conjoined twins turned into demonic apes. The gameplay mechanics during these battles include standard light or heavy attacks alongside spells or magical items.
Lords of The Fallen doesn’t rely solely on audio and cutscene story elements to depict its world’s history. Instead, it uses environmental storytelling to give players clues about the world they inhabit. The game worlds exist simultaneously, making for a thrilling experience as different challenges must be tackled in both worlds.
Lords of the Fallen is set to be an exciting title that brings new mechanics and gameplay innovations to the popular souls-like genre. Its focus on environmental storytelling and unique duality mechanism sets it apart from other games in this genre while still providing the challenging gameplay players have come to expect from developers of Dark Souls-like titles.