In a surprise release, Graven, a dark-fantasy action-adventure FPS that's inspired by Hexxen, launches on Steam's Early Access today.
Graven's Early Access release has one zone to start, with updates throughout the year including additional quests, areas, enemies, and hidden enemies. As for the story, "a tear through eldritch terrors unleashed by heretical sects and demented sinners" means that as a disgraced Priest of the Orthogonal Order, the Priest (your character) now has a single mission: to root out evil that's corrupting not just the Order, but creation itself.
“For 3D Realms, Early Access has been instrumental in making sure we make the best possible games for fans of classic titles like Hexen,” said Frederik Schreiber, vice president of 3D Realms and Game Director on Graven. “The reception to GRAVEN’s demo at Steam Game Festival floored us, and now Early Access will bring even more depth to Cruxfirth.”
As for the Early Access release, players will be able to shoot through the first of three planned regions, the aforementioned Cruxfirth, which is a swamptown suffering from a plague that either ends in death or violent madness. The player will arrive by boat with a single coin as if you're Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. You'll then be able to kill over 30 types of enemies that include a range of creatures from winged abominations to swamp beasts. You'll do this using spells such as lightning or melting heat while solving puzzles and uncovering hidden areas.
Graven launches on Steam's Early Access today, and it will fully release on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch in 2022. For more information on Graven, stay tuned to TechRaptor.
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