This boss-rush-style RPG places “an emphasis on challenging combat and crafting,” in which you will have the chance to journey as the young Bound through the magical world of Ashmyr. Once a thriving land, it is now desolate with bloodthirsty enemies known as Ilcyon now rampant across it.
You will be challenged to slay formidable bosses, harvest their remains and then use the materials to craft or level up your gear. The experience is not “as hardcore as the genre kings,” but the developer has looked to deliver “a fun and more casual approach to players who are looking to experience boss-rush gameplay.”
Told using an enchanting digital-sketchbook art style, your progression will reward you with the chance to learn about the truth behind Ashmyr’s mysterious downfall and where the vile Ilcyon and other mysterious entities came from.
The publisher has outlined the game’s key features as below:
- Beast Slayer: Slay colossal monsters through perilous combat, and learn their maneuvers in order to survive the battles and come out ahead. Harvest their remains, and utilize them to craft a sweet new set of gear!
- Intuitive Controls and Unique Combat: Bound By Blades is designed for players of all skill levels, allowing any adventurer to embark on this challenging journey. Employ a variety of maneuvers like Quick and Strong Attacks, Combos, and Unique Combo Finishers.
- Adventure Together: With a two-player co-op option, enlist a travel companion and slay monsters together in Ashmyr.
- Choose your Fighter: There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” playstyle in Bound by Blades. Acknowledging this, select and swap between the game’s three main characters, each with their own unique battle styles and gear: Teo the Kuza cat, Guren the Fangorian bunny, and Space Oxbourne ox.
Bound By Blades will release on Steam in Q4 2022, and will come “later” to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide.