Gameplay for the upcoming Dungeons and Dragons Dark Alliance has been unveiled alongside a release date. The game is set to launch on 22 June 2021 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and PC.
According to the Playstation Blog, the upcoming action game blends explosive combat and dynamic co-op play together into one experience. Players take on roles of iconic D&D characters created by R.A Salvator and beat down against an onslaught of monsters.
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These deadly beasts have invaded Icewind Dale in search of a powerful artefact called the Crystal Shard and won’t stop until they get it. Players take on the role of four different characters, Drizzt, Cattie-brie, Bruenor, and Wulfgar, each with more than 50 combat abilities to master.
They will use each character’s unique skillset, weapon and playstyle in the unique combat system called Emergent Combat. Jeff Hattem at Tuque Games says that the system is a bit different from most action games:
We want you to feel powerful in combat from the start. But we’ve also set up plenty to master as you learn the strengths and weaknesses of each of your attacks, abilities, and combos. Our systems allows for button-mashers to do just fine and see their hero mow down enemies in epic fashion. But for players who want a more refined experience, the control is there to do specific guard breaks, executions, team attacks, giving them a sense of the depth of our system.
With that combat approach in mind, Dungeons and Dragons Dark Alliance also encourages exploration as players find secret rooms that hold loot. Players will also be able to turn up the challenge in each mission to increase enemy difficulty while pumping up the loot drop at the same time.
The developers of Dungeons and Dragons Dark Alliance claim that the game features more than 30 different enemy types that span different breeds and types. For starters, there are the goblins that are generally easy to defeat when taking one on alone. However, put more together and things get tough. Goblins prefer to travel in packs and can overwhelm the player if they are not careful.
There are five different types of goblins in Dungeons and Dragons Dark Alliance:
- Goblin Warriors
The front-liners that fight with makeshift weapons and armour. They will try to surround and distract you for their heavier-hitting buddies to set up more devastating attacks.
- Goblin Defenders
The tanks of the goblin horde. Their metal armor and shields absorb most attacks and they can counter your attacks with shield bashes. But if you can break their guard and get through their armor, they’re as weak as any other goblin.
- Goblin Archers
These ranged attackers like to keep their distance from you. Along with basic arrow attacks, they can fire volleys of arrows into the sky to rain down on the battlefield. Sometimes their arrows can even be imbued with elemental energies.
- Goblin Booyahgs
The magic users of the goblin horde. They will send a lot of ranged elemental damage your way with the magic they wield or they will buff their allies with a globe of invulnerability.
- Goblin Captains
Every pack needs its leader. The Goblin Captains are the toughest fighters. They can deal more damage than the other goblin enemies and issue orders that make their troops work together more effectively. The banner they wear makes them stand out in the battlefield. It can inspire all the goblins present to keep fighting to the end. But if you can kill the Goblin Captain first, nearby goblin warriors will lose their will to fight and flee.
There’s still much more to come our way from Dungeons and Dragons Dark Alliance in the months ahead. In the meantime, check out the trailer for the game down below. You can also find out more about the game on the official site here. The game is set to launch on 22 June 2021.
Source: PlayStation Blog