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Digital Extremes and Airship Syndicate today unveiled Wayfinder, a new character-based online action RPG at The Game Awards.
Under the direction of creative director and CEO Joe “Mad” Madureira, Airship Syndicate is developing the game and Digital Extremes will publish it on PC and console platforms in 2023.
In a gameplay trailer, the developers showed off Gloom, an invading sinister threat that players, using the ancient power of their Gloom Dagger, can use to control their gameplay experience.
“Developing new IPs and fantasy worlds is one of our greatest joys, and our studio is built around that same goal,” Madureira said in a statement. “I hope the world of Wayfinder is a place that millions of players love to return to and immerse themselves in for years to come.”
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In the game, the world of Evenor is consumed by the dirty power of the Gloom. As Wayfinders, lights amid darkness in a world consumed by Gloom, players must master the chaos and reconnect a broken world as they choose a unique path through an online world of endless action and adventure.
To stop Evenor’s devastating decay at the hands of the Gloom, players will choose from a variety of Wayfinders (characters) to control, each with their own unique story, playstyles and abilities, joining forces to defend Evenor against forces that want to destroy it.
“This is the game we’ve always wanted to make, and we’ve finally found the right partner in Digital Extremes to make it real,” Wayfinder creative director and president of Airship Syndicate Ryan Stefanelli said in a statement. “We can’t wait to get it into players’ hands and use their feedback and conversations to make it special. Especially in the upcoming tests!”
Uniting with fellow Wayfinders, players will use their Gloom Dagger to adventure into Lost Zones – dungeon-like areas touched and consumed by the Gloom – resulting in shifting change and chaos.
Wayfinders can control the chaos with their Gloom Dagger, an ancient artifact of obscure origin, strategically deployed mutators that can dictate enemies they encounter, drop items and resources, and more. Wayfinders trying to manage this chaos will find the Gloom pushing back – applying its own augmentations and modifications to enemy damage, environmental hazards and more where no two play sessions are the same.
Madureira previously worked on Ruined King: A League of Legends Story.
“When we embarked on this journey with Airship Syndicate to build Wayfinder four years ago, we had high hopes and expectations,” said Richard Browne, head of external projects at Digital Extremes, in a statement. “The world they’ve created, the characters that inhabit it, and the ever-changing adventures players can encounter really make our dreams come true. I can’t wait for the players to unite and help push back Evenor’s Gloom.”
A closed playtest program for Wayfinder kicks off December 13, and accepted PC players will be able to get hands-on access to Wayfinder in development as Airship Syndicate solicits feedback and continues to refine and improve the game through to launch. You can apply now.
PlayStation Play testing will begin in January, bringing hands-on access to Wayfinder exclusively to players on PlayStation consoles, alongside continued support for players on PC. Additional information will be available shortly.
Wayfinder will run an early access program on PC and PlayStation consoles in Spring 2023, and will be free-to-play across multiple platforms in Fall 2023, embracing Digital Extremes’ philosophy of monetizing for free and fairly. to generate.
Browne said in an interview with GamesBeat that he had signed Vigil Games to THQ for the Darksiders game in 2006, and had known Madureira since then. Madureira approached Browne again about four years ago for Wayfinder.
“Joe’s art is very easy to fall in love with,” Browne said. “But then came the idea of this RPG where you can change the world and the outcome of where you go by using the Gloom. That is a really unique take on something completely different.”
Browne said Digital Extremes helped figure out how to offer the games as a service, as they do with other games like Warframe. The game will get early access in 2023.
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