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Online martial arts RPG, Absolver, revealed by ex Watch_Dogs developers

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Absolver melee combat coming in 2017

When you think about games that strictly abide by the “no guns, only fists” rule, there’s maybe a handful that are worth remembering. Jade Empire is one of those few, mixing intricate RPG elements with exhilarating hand-to-hand combat. It’s an influence that’s clearly evident in Absolver – a brand new online, strictly melee combat RPG from the minds that worked on Watch_Dogs.

Trading out the luxurious dynasties for a more fantastical aesthetic, Absolver certainly looks the part for the first trailer down below. There’s a great sense of weight to the combat in the reveal, although this is all still deeply within the realm of rendered footage instead of gameplay. Parisian developers Sloclap promise that it’s coming soon too.

Absolver is being extremely strict with its martial arts rules, but Sloclap are promising that the online title will feature PvP and PvE combat in a massive open-world. There’s also going to be classic combat arenas, fitting in with the staple modes that you’d expect from a multiplayer title. The visual tone is what grabs me though, especially with characters have the ability to summon weapons at will with some unique effects.

Speaking of weapons particularly though, Absolver will feature a large array of melee focused swords and spears for you to equip, but anything projectile-based is strictly off limits. Sloclap wants combat to be up in your face all the time, which is an interesting twist on classic RPG tropes. How these all link together to create engaging and cohesive combat will be the crux that Absolver stands on.

There’s a lot that needs to happen on the gameplay side, and Sloclap have only been in development for around a year now. That means Absolver might be sometime off still, but it’s rare that Devolver Digital invest in a game that doesn’t show promise. It’s coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 sometime in the near future.

Last Updated: May 27, 2016


  1. Hmms look like the first combat model for Hellblade. Tight, close quarter combat. Just hope it doesn’t end up feeling like those swipe to dodge games like Infinity Blade


  2. Original Heretic

    May 27, 2016 at 11:39

    Cool looking concept, but gameplay footage is required!


  3. HairyEwok

    May 27, 2016 at 11:45

    Heh, Dishonored meets Tekken.


  4. Matthew Hughes

    May 27, 2016 at 11:56

    Reminds me of 9Dragons… an old free to play Martial Arts MMORPG.

    I hope this turns out good.


  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 27, 2016 at 12:07

    “Oh wow, that’s sounds cool! I’d love a new game like Jad… online. Fuck.”


    • Umar

      May 27, 2016 at 12:12

      THinking the same thing lol Man, I would love a SP martial arts rpg like Jade


  6. Sageville

    May 27, 2016 at 12:30

    Color me intrigued….


  7. Yondaime

    May 27, 2016 at 12:57

    Aww sheeet! This looks absolutely awesome, hopefully i’m on fibre before it comes out, and i have money and i have a new graphics card. So basically a new life then.


  8. Skittle

    May 27, 2016 at 13:34

    Lost interest at Watch_Dogs.


    • Darren Peach

      May 27, 2016 at 14:39

      I liked it. Bland like bread but can be nutritious if there aint much else to eat.


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