Hello everybody, we’re Deck13’s Sven Hammer, Principal Technical Designer, and Lila Grimaldi, Narrative Designer. We’re bringing you Atlas Fallen on Could 16, an epic and explosive action-RPG the place you’ll play as a hero who rises towards the reign of a tyrannical god. You’ll discover a semi-open, sand-covered world known as Atlas and battle legendary creatures. Your heroic skills come from a magical artifact, and we’re right here to inform you about its lore and mechanics!
The Essence of Atlas
On the earth of Atlas, Essence is on the core of all the pieces. All natural issues and every particle of its sand-covered floor are manufactured from it. An historical type of magic constructed its powers on Essence, however its information has been lengthy misplaced. Someday, our hero stumbles upon the stays of this magic within the type of a centuries-old artifact: the Gauntlet.
The Gauntlet provides its wearer management over the Essence current of their environment. Thus, they will manipulate Essence grains present in objects, constructions, parts, and alter their structural integrity, reassemble or destroy them. Our hero will use it to form the sand round them into numerous weapons throughout fight. The gauntlet’s capacity to control its environment permits gamers to propel themselves into the air for epic vertical actions and quick traversal by sliding over the sands of Atlas. The Gauntlet is a really versatile software!
Reforging the Gauntlet
Sadly for our hero, they discover a malfunction within the Gauntlet. Solid by a mysterious being, it was dismantled quickly after its creation to stop anybody from wielding its magic once more. Two very important parts are required: the Catalyzer and the Shards.
The extra Essence comes into play, the tougher it’s to regulate. The position of the Catalyzer is to assemble Essence and channel it into itself, growing its uncooked energy tenfold. This element has been damaged into three fragments known as “Catalyst Items”, which you’ll have to seek out and put again collectively. Amassing a brand new Catalyst Piece lets you reforge part of the Gauntlet, unlocking a brand new highly effective capacity within the course of. Every Catalyst Piece have to be accomplished with particular Essence-infused objects known as “Shards”, which improve the hero’s management over Essence.
All through your journey on the planet of Atlas, you’ll come throughout these Catalyst Items and Shards, and get to regularly increase the capabilities of your Gauntlet and progress additional into the sport.
The form-shifting weapon
After getting the ability to control Essence, you may form the sand round you into numerous weapons. So as to take action, you need to discover the corresponding Weapon Remembrance. Three weapons may be discovered all through your journey: the Dunecleaver, the Sandwhip and the Knuckledust. All of them develop extra huge and highly effective as you amass Essence throughout fight, this course of is named gaining Momentum.
The Dunecleaver is a heavy weapon that does wonders on the subject of dealing very impactful area-of-effect injury to your foes. Relying on the assaults you might be performing, it’ll take considered one of two totally different shapes. One in every of them is an axe—perfect to carry out giant sweeps which deal a great quantity of harm whereas destabilizing your goal; the opposite is a hammer—specialised in crowd management, it creates giant injury areas when slammed into the bottom.
The Sandwhip combines the quick swings of a sword with the large sweeps of a whip. It’s your quickest, best weapon at build up Momentum and provides all kinds of mobility choices. An important instance of that is the Sandwhip Hook: a transfer which lets you latch onto your goal and pull your self in the direction of it. This makes the Sandwhip a extremely versatile weapon in that you may both use it to maintain your enemies at a protected distance whereas build up Momentum or use its excessive mobility to rapidly out and in of a combat, permitting you to land devastating melee dagger hits that eat Momentum over time.
Lastly, the Knuckledust is a fist weapon that covers each forearms and grows into extra pairs of arms as your Momentum builds up. The Knuckledust shines in dealing excessive damage-per-second on single targets, which makes it an ideal option to swiftly take out chosen threats.
You’ll be capable to wield two weapons at a time, which lets you create a singular loadout together with your favourite strikes. Along with these weapons your fight capabilities can be strongly enhanced by way of Essence Stones. These will allow you to carry out distinctive and highly effective assaults, customizable to your most well-liked playstyle.
Sand-taming skills outdoors of fight
The sand-taming skills granted by the Gauntlet should not restricted to its shapeshifting qualities. Listed below are three skills that you just’ll additionally depend on, permitting you to traverse the world of Atlas with velocity and energy, and to work together with particular objects and constructions.
Air sprint can be utilized whereas airborne, channeling the Essence round you to propel your self ahead and sprint by means of the air. Because of this capacity, you may simply get to a particular goal, attain the following construction to land on, surmount massive chasms and canopy nice distances quickly.
Elevate lets you elevate imposing constructions and objects buried within the floor because of the Essence within the sand. This capacity is essential so that you can uncover hidden treasures and sunken ruins, in addition to create new paths over raised constructions and even reveal pathways which have lengthy been forgotten.
Crush provides you the power to tear magical seals and chains aside, which is the way you’ll entry forbidden grounds—a essential step so that you can progress in your journey and alter the course of Atlas’ historical past.
We hope you loved this introduction to the epic enjoyable you’ll have taming the sand in Atlas Fallen, releasing Could 16 on PlayStation 5. Pre-order it now to get the bonus DLC Break Rising Pack!