New Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn gameplay showcases intense Soulslike combat, base building and more

Developer A44 Games created one of the most popular Soulslikes ever made with Ashen in 2018, and several years later, the studio is back with its second game, Flintlock: Siege of Dawn (opens in new tab). We haven’t heard much about Flintlock since it was announced in March, but during the recent PC Gaming Show, the developers released a new trailer that gives fans a more detailed look at what to expect from the game’s story and gameplay features.

Here’s a detailed overview of everything we learned about Flintlock during the presentation, including the game’s setting and characters, what we know about Flintlock’s combat, what the game’s release date is, and more.

challenge the gods

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The Flintlock Story is a textbook of the story of David vs. Goliath – a tale of humans facing relentless gods and their ruthless undead armies. You play as Nor Vanek, a member of the coalition army who is trying to take back his world from the forces of the divine. Along with your magical companion Enki, it’s up to you to lead the charge against the gods and reclaim the home of the living.

Throughout your adventure, you’ll encounter numerous settlements and locations that will flesh out the narrative and reveal more about the world you’re fighting to save. One of these places is the imposing and mysterious City of Dawn.

You’ll also encounter Blackstream Sappers during your journey, who are a legendary group of elite soldiers with a pedigree in weapons and explosives. By befriending and regrouping this group, you will be able to take advantage of their experience fighting the gods and their legions.

A great and intense adventure awaits

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn combat.

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Like Ashen before him, Flintlock is a Soulslike at heart. The core of your combat skills are your melee combos and jumps and dodges that allow you to dodge very damaging enemy attacks. However, based on what we’ve seen in the gameplay trailer, it looks like Nor will have a number of other abilities and tools at his disposal as well. For example, Nor is seen using a pistol to initiate combat, finish off opponents, or as a combined weapon with her great axe. In-game footage also shows an explosive grenade launcher, as well as an energy blast that Nor can deploy from her hand before jumping back.

Enki also engages in combat; Nor’s companion is seen teleporting behind an enemy with a triangular magic portal of some sort, and appears to support the player by distracting opponents with attacks, acting as a disruptor that helps Nor deal with large numbers of enemies and set up his attacks. attack combos. Notably, Nor can also briefly merge with Enki and fly to floating portals outside of combat that can be unlocked through exploration. These portals allow her to cross distances quickly or reach high ground.

The trailer also showcases a diverse skill tree that players will have access to during their adventure, allowing them to unlock new skills. One skill, called “Armoured Poise”, allows Nor to equip pieces of armor and ignore flinch that would normally knock her out of attack animations. Another, labeled “Destructive Descent”, gives her the ability to slam the ground while in the air, knocking enemies down explosively. The further you fall before you land, the further you will blast enemies. There are three skill trees to choose from: Dust, Steel, and Magic. Powder is themed around ranged damage with firearms, Steel is all about melee combat, and Magic seems to be themed around Enki and her magical abilities.

The trailer also gave a glimpse into the game’s base building system. As players explore the open world, they come across caravan locations that give Nor a safe place to recover, respawn after difficult battles, and also upgrade and develop equipment. As you progress, these villages will expand with new shops and items to buy, new options for crafting and upgrades, and NPC quests and side stories to get involved in.

When will Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn be released?

Exploring an interior in Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn.

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Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn looks great, and many are no doubt wondering when they’ll be able to get their hands on the game. Fortunately, the new trailer also revealed when the game will launch. Officially, Flintlock is scheduled to release in early 2023. We don’t have a specific month or date yet, but fans can expect the game to release in Q1 or Q.

The price of the game is currently unknown, but we know that the game will be available on most platforms. This includes Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC through both. Steam (opens in new tab) and the Epic Games Store. Note that Flintlock will also be available on the Xbox Game Pass service, though it’s unclear if it will also appear in the Game Pass PC lineup.

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