With Mars War Logs nearing release, the folks at Spiders Studio have unveiled their next project, Bound by Flame, which they refer to as their “bigger project.” They’ve already been working on the games for months, and they’re aiming to release it for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 by the end of 2013.
So far we only get one screenshot (isn’t it cool looking?), but the devs are giving us a bit more info in writing. Bound by Flame will be an action-RPG that will put you in the boots of a mercenary possessed by a flame demon, and will take place in a Dark Fantasy universe.
But you won’t be forced to do this creatures bidding. You’re more of a victim. But you’ll be able to choose whether you do good or evil, and will be able to reject the flame demon’s influence and instead start developing heroic talents. You will be tempted to take the powers this creature offers you, however, as you begin facing more powerful opponents. If you follow along, your character will start to change in appearance (probably in some horrible manner).
Similar to other action-RPGs, the game will have plenty of quests for you, but there will also be a main quest split up into various chapters. Battles will also take place in real-time and the devs say they will be “impressive and dynamic.”
As you progress, you’ll also be able to recruit companions to join your cause. Depending on your actions, these companionships can turn into friendships, romances, or rivalries—which is a very cool feature, in my opinion.
There will also be three different skill trees, and as you get used to the arts of combat, fire magic, and assassination, you’ll be able to unlock and upgrade different skills and powers. You’ll also be able to craft—creating your own weapons and armor.
Your hero will not be some cookie-cutter adventurer, either. You’ll be able to customize your character’s looks, including gender and facial features. This will likewise affect how you start to mutate if you go down the route of the demon.
There will be plenty of creatures to fight along the way. In addition to the Swamp Beast shown in the first screenshot, you’ll face just about everything from liches to ice creatures and shadow dragons.
We’ll keep you posted on this one, as new information comes out.