This has been recorded on Hard Mode, which challenges players to hit four “rails” of notes. Whereas “those born with the natural rhythm of a forest troll” can choose to play on Normal Mode which has two “rails,” or even opt for Story Mode which is “entirely winnable.”
Taking inspiration from Norse mythology, with its hand-drawn, story-driven, rhythm combat RPG the developer has looked to blend narrative, exploration and music into “one special journey.”
With the chance to explore a haunting take on Midgard, the choices that you make will influence the direction that your story takes and its ending.
The publisher has outlined the game’s features as below:
- The Story of a Norse Heroine: The gods have abandoned this realm and left the mortals behind to deal with the fallout. With Odin’s chosen guardians gone, the sacred Elder Tree, which they swore to protect, is exposed to abuse and manipulation. Now, the only remnants of hope reside in Estra, the daughter of mankind’s last great leader.
- Puzzles with Consequences: Along the journey, Estra will need to solve incrementally challenging puzzles. But brute force will get you nowhere. Not every puzzle allows for multiple mistakes and failure is certainly an option, causing the answers you seek may be lost if you make the wrong decision.
- Combat with a Beat: Violence isn’t always necessary, but, when push comes to shove, ATONE’s combat is a delicate dance of sword and axe. Combat is grounded in the rhythm game genre and inspired by the mechanics of titles like Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution. Music is a crucial component, with each fight receiving its very own song. For those born with the natural rhythm skills of a forest troll, combat is entirely skippable.
- Music at the Heart: Composed by Australian artist Luminist, the soundtrack at the heart of ATONE is a synth-heavy score mixed with digitally corrupted sounds of period-specific instruments.
ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree will release digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 27th January 2023.