Elden: Path of the Forgotten – Still Brewing
What do we know so far?
Who are behind Elden?
Elden: Path of the Forgotten is a game developed by Onerat Pty Ltd. Onerat are a small indie team based in Melbourne, Australia (much like the writer of this preview). Elden appears to be their first major project. Publishing duties are being handled by Another Indie.
What kind of game will it be?
Elden is set to be an action-adventure game. Filled with combat that is more about timing and learning patterns than about overwhelming your enemies with power. Based on the current information it would seem to be close to Dark Souls and Dead Cells but with a more top-down camera and x/y axis movement.
Where will we find it?
Onerat and Another Indie are looking at a fairly wide release for Elden. Not only will it be coming to Steam and all major consoles (Nintendo Switch, PS4, and XboxOne). But it is also scheduled for release on Utomik, which is a game subscription service similar to Netflix but for games.
When can we get it?
No official date has been set yet. The Steam page claims the game will be available “When the Old Ones Awaken”. Based on conversations with the publishers it will be 2020 and may not even be that far away.
More info required!
Elden: Path of the Forgotten is heavily steeped in H.P. Lovecraft’s lore. As fans of his work may have realised from the reference to “the Old Ones” before. They, of course, are not the first to have tapped into the water from this well. In fact, the short story Color Out of Space which heavily features a well was just adapted into a movie. Elden isn’t even close to being the first game to take inspiration from Lovecraft’s work. Games like Usurper, Stygian: Rise of the Old Ones, and of course Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth and the comical Cthulhu Saves the World. There are plenty more examples, even without getting into games that just have some slight references instead of the whole enchilada like these ones.
So why is Elden still an exciting prospect? Well, it’s sort of the same reason movie adaptions are still being announced and redone. While there is a lot of stuff already, there’s always room for more, assuming it’s quality stuff. And Elden looks like quality is a concern for Onerat. Elden uses a retro detailed pixel-art style that while reminiscent of the classic 16-Bit days, is jam-packed with detail that just wasn’t possible earlier. The combat looks hard to master but satisfying to pull off, with various weapons and eldritch magic to learn. And ultimately the story looks to be worth telling, and for us worth listening to and learning about.
You must brave a blighted land to save your mother from ancient horrors. And what quest could be nobler than that?
We here at Sip Read Repeat hope to bring you a full review when we can. Check back later and keep gaming and drinking (coffee).
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