Spellbreak knalt en flitst zich een weg naar de PlayStation 4, dit heeft Seth Sivak van ontwikkelaar Proletariat bekendgemaakt via een bericht op het PlayStation Blog. Spellbreak is volgens Sivak een fantasy Battle Royale game waarin je elkaar niet te lijf gaat met vuurwapens en granaten, maar juist met magische spreuken en elementen.

Proletariat haalt haar inspiratie uit oudere skill-based shooters, waar ze vervolgens een aantal “moderne twists” aan hebben toegevoegd om zo tot een waardig combat systeem te komen. Tevens kun je in Spellbreak nog een aantal roguelike en RPG-elementen terugvinden, al is nog niet bekend wat ze daar precies mee bedoelen.

Verder is er ook alvast een gesloten beta aangekondigd, die begin 2020 van start moet gaan. Je kunt je hier voor de beta inschrijven, maar hiervoor moet je wel een Founder Pack aanschaffen. Ten slotte kun je hieronder de trailer en het volledige aankondigingsbericht terugvinden:

Proletariat combines battle royale, rogue-like, and RPG gameplay spin in a spellbinding new package.
I’m incredibly excited to announce today that Spellbreak will be coming to PS4! And we’re pleased to confirm that we’re working on a beta that will be available to PS4 players in early 2020.

Spellbreak is a fantasy battle royale where you play as a battlemage, casting huge spells, combining primal elements, and literally flying through the world (or Teleporting, Shadowstepping, or a myriad of other movement abilities.). Guns and grenades can only take you so far and we wanted to explore something different, something that harkens back to the fantasy books that we grew up reading.

We took our inspiration from old-school shooters with skill shots and crazy mobility and we added in some modern twists to make a combat system that truly embodies fantasy action spellcasting. Add to that our spin on battle royale with elements of rogue-like games and RPGs, along with a gorgeous art style, and you have something we feel is totally unique.

Our team has been hard at work bringing the ravaged world of Spellbreak to life with sublime, painterly, cel-shaded visuals inspired by traditional animation and anime. You’ll be transported to the Hollow Lands, and while you’ll want to explore every nook and cranny, don’t get too complacent; there are enemy mages around every corner trying to put an end to your journey. Go on quests, discover ongoing content, and experience the deep backstory and universe we have created around the game.

Master Your Magic
Choose your gauntlets wisely. In Spellbreak, you can dual-wield magical gauntlets that each have two different abilities, giving you four active combat options and a myriad of combination possibilities. Runes provide powerful movement and support abilities to round out your magic arsenal. The balance of fast movement and numerous skillshot abilities creates a deep, skill-based combat system for players to master.

Create Elemental Spell Combinations
Use wind to launch yourself skyward or create a tornado that will pull your enemies in. Then light the tornado on fire or electrify it with lightning to ensure maximum damage. Grab a frost gauntlet to lay a path of ice that you and your teammates can skate down at super-speed or melt it with a fireball. There are dozens of spell combinations in Spellbreak and you will need to master all of them if you want to outlast your enemies.

Choose Your Class, Craft Your Build
In addition to the over-the-top combat, we wanted to bring the joy of RPGs and character customization to Spellbreak. Not only can you dual-wield gauntlets, but you can choose a class that unlocks various skills, as well as equip a vast array of powers to further customize your playstyle. Play your own way or team up with friends to synergize your builds (or accidentally set a teammate on fire. Whoops.)

Become the Ultimate Battlemage
To win in Spellbreak, it takes quick combat skill, clever magical tactics, smart strategic choices, and a little bit of luck. We know that Spellbreak will be at home on PS4 and we can’t wait to share it with all of you.

Spellbreak PS4 Closed Beta

Players who are interested in pre-release Closed Beta access must purchase a PS4 Founder Pack, which are now available on the PlayStation store for pre-order. Founder Packs support development and also guarantee exclusive skins and other loot (click “buy a pack” below for details). Your support makes this crazy game possible. Thanks!

As a Closed Beta player, you’ll be able to play Spellbreak early, get a behind-the-scenes look at development, and have the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the development team.