Bound by Flame, a promising action-RPG from Spiders, will be available this Friday, May 9. To celebrate this important week the game’s publisher Focus Interactive has launched a final teaser video featuring one of the most important elements in game, the hero’s relationship with his inner flame demon and all the decisions he can induce in the upcoming storyline. After all, your choices and decisions will be able to shape the entire story. With great power comes great responsibility and great consequences too, as Focus Interactive explained:
This latest Bound by Flame video highlights one of the important elements in the game, the background story and the gameplay: the relationship between the hero and the flame demon that possesses him. The choices and decisions you make in the game will determine if you allow your demonic side to predominate and gradually transform you physically in exchange for his powerful fire magic, or if you resist the demon’s control and retain your humanity to develop your heroic skills.
The human/demon duality will generate conflicts with basically everyone, including those who follow the hero. Certain decisions will origin drastic reactions. Allies might become foes and companions might leave the party for good.
Bound by Flame will be available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 on May 9, 2014.
Bound by Flame is a new action RPG from Spiders and Focus Interactive that will release on May 9th, 2014. This game features a choice-driven fantasy world at the edge of destruction. With no one able to stop to the Deadarmy, humanity must resort to extreme measures to prevent total annihilation. That’s when Vulcan, a Pure-Blade mercenary comes into the scene. Vulcan is the protagonist of Bound by Flame and he’ll be possessed by a flame demon, who will grant him incredible powers in exchange for his humanity. But Vulcan can’t save the world alone, he needs a group of skilled warriors to assist him in every battle.
Bound by Flame companions will have a life of their own. They can’t be controlled in any way but their influence is tremendous. In fact, they are able to change the outcome of certain events or even alter the course of the story. Companions are not just battle allies, they can also be friends, rivals or lovers. It all depends on players’ actions and decisions in-game. Besides their social and political involvement in the narrative, they’ll play a very decisive role in combat. Each member is specialized in a different and unique area and it’s up to players to create their own synergy and battle strategy. Meet the five magnificent in detail:
1. Edwen, the Avenger Witch
Edwen joins the hero to assist him in his quest, but seems to be guided by an all too personal thirst for vengeance. (Spiders, Januarry 24, 2014)
Edwen is a powerful witch who has mastered dark and mystical magic arts. In battle, she is ruthless and merciless with her elementary and mind-control spells. She joins Vulcan with the sole purpose of assisting his cause but later, it’s unveiled that her main motive relies on vengeance. Despite that, Edwen will become a notorious adviser regarding Vulcan and his inner demon. In her view, the means presented by the demon are nothing more than a weapon to achieve his goals and as so he shouldn’t hesitate to embrace it.
2. Mathras, the Undead Elder
Mathras is certainly no ordinary undead. He will join the cause of the hero out of simple curiosity, or perhaps fun. (Spiders, May 2, 2014)
Undead and immortal, Mathras is not what he seems to be. Educated and refined, he has lived over 3000 years, long before any civilization ever existed. He normally travels alone and he is not even remotely allied with the Deadarmy. During all this time, Mathras has achieved perfection in several battle specializations. Nowadays, he combines melee combat with mind-control spells but this is far from being his only limitations. Mathras joins the expedition to satisfy his curiosity about Vulcan and his extraodinary will to defeat the Deadarmy.
3. Randval, the Fearless Warrior
The seemingly impossible quest the Hero has thrown himself in is an epic, heroic and desperate goal definitely worthy of the code of honor of Randval’s clan. (Spiders, March 19, 2014)
Randval is the last survivor of an ancient clan that was decimated by the Deadarmy. He joins Vulcan to restore the lost honor of his clan and to save the world from the dominant evil forces. In battle, this fearless warrior uses his beastly two hand weapon to taunt and disable enemies, giving his allies freedom of movement and strategy. Just like Edwen, he thinks the hero should take use of the demon powers to defeat the Deadarmy. Moreover, he’s very a very disciplined and faithful ally and he would not hesitate to sacrifice himself if necessary.
4. Rhelmar, the Outlaw Elf
A former outlaw, Rhelmar rejects the Elves’ neutral state in the ongoing conflict, and takes and active part in the fight against the Deadarmy. (Spiders, February 4, 2014)
The neutral state of the Elven race has made Rhelmar to become an outlaw, a pariah among his people. Determined to fight the Deadarmy, this elite archer joins Vulcan’s expedition to do what’s right and just. He doesn’t mind risking his life, as long as the cause bends by the standards of justice. In the battlefield, Rhelmar prefer to use his fierce Flame bow but he can also use his dagger when enemies come too close. Regarding Vulcan and his inner demon, Rhlemar doesn’t seem too concerned about whether or not the hero chooses to give up his soul for greater power.
5. Sybil, the Naive Wizard
Diplomatic, very smart, Sybil is pushed by her curiosity to join the Hero in his quest. She will help him to understand his new demonic inner self. (Spiders, February 27, 2014)
Sybil is a young wizard and the daughter of the leader of the Order of the Red Scholars. She has traveled around the world to acquire more knowledge and as expected, her curiosity will lead her to join Vulcan’s expedition. She despises dark magic and she will worry about the consequences of Vulcan’s demonic powers. In battle, Sybil can cast a few offensive spells but she’s specialized in healing, so she normally attends to her allies wounds during the heat of the battle.
Focus Interactive revealed today, in great detail, the importance of companions in Bound by Flame. More than battle heroes, companions will have the power to alter the course of events, depending on players’ decisions. As previously announced, there will be five distinct companions, two female (Sybil and Edwen) and three male (Mathras, Randval and Rhelmar). Each one will be specialized in a different combat area, which enables multiple combat synergies and tactics. Companions can’t be controlled, they have their own will and personality, however they’re still indispensable assets in battle, as Focus Interactive stated:
Companions are real assets in combat and will prove crucial in the more advanced difficulty modes. Consider carefully who you want to fight alongside you, and combine their skills and your own abilities to achieve a flawless combat synergy, but remember to bear the nature of enemies you are confronting in mind.
Bound by Flame will feature interactive companions, building relationships with them won’t be exclusively for mere entertainment, as they can alter the outcome of several events or even change the course of the entire story. Companions will have personalities of their own, which includes thoughts, opinions and feelings. As the story progresses, players will be able to forge different types of relationships with each member, as Focus Interactive explained:
You will gradually develop friendships, rivalries and even romances with them along the way, and your actions and decisions will influence your relationship with each one, so make sure you don’t upset your best friend.
Disappointing or even betraying a certain companion might lead him/her to abandon the party and that will have devastating consequences in the future. On the other hand, friendship and romance relationships will enable new and unexpected opportunities. In this choice-driven RPG every decision seems to count, so if you really need or like someone, then you should consider how your actions and decisions may affect that same companion.
Bound by Flame willbe avaiable for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 on May 9, 2014.
A new month is ahead of us and the excitement rises with the imminent arrival of numerous highly anticipated titles. May 2014 will be a month extremely rich in genre diversity games and next-gen content. Even the pickiest players will be satisfied with a brand new release for their favorite gaming genre. Sports, strategy, role-playing, action-adventure, there’s certainly a release for every taste.
Here’s an extensive list of the best games coming out in May 2014:
1. Watch Dogs (PC, PS 3, PS 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)
After a long delay, Watch Dogs is finally getting released. This open world action-adventure game revolves around Aiden Pearce, a Chicago vigilante whose main weapon is hacking. Watch Dogs will introduce an extensive series of next-gen features, unique parkour and hacking abilities, diverse multiplayer modes and a mobile application to fully connect players anytime, anywhere. In a reality where everything is connected finding the most obscure secrets is just a matter of time. Experience the dynamic world of Watch Dogs by purchasing the game here.
Mode: Single-player & Multiplayer Official Website: watchdogs.ubi.com
Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
2. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS 3, PS 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
The Wolfenstein series are back with another thrilling game. The New Order presents an alternate course of history, in which the Third Reich came out victorious of the World War II. In this obscure reality, where oppression and tyranny reigns, players are tasked with the challenging mission to take down the nazi forces. To do so they must consider their tactical approach, which can be direct or stealthy. Furthermore, players will have access to a non-limited weapon inventory, including enemy military discoveries. Get a digital copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order here.
Bound by Flame is a promising action role-playing game from Spiders. Set in a world dominated by evil forces, players must do anything it takes to save the world. In this choice-driven game, players’ actions and decisions will generate different scenarios in the story. Also, each choice will determinate the power and appearance of the protagonist – greater power comes at the price of humanity. Companion interaction (friendship, rivalry and romance) will be a key feature in Bound by Flame. Purchase a copy on Amazon.
Mode: Single-player Official Website: www.boundbyflame.com
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive Developer: Spiders
4. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
The Mario universe is getting a new racing adventure for Wii U. Mario Kart 8 continues the traditional gameplay of the franchise, in which characters from the Mario universe race against each other in go-karts. This new game will feature an anti-gravity system, as well as underwater racing and vehicle customization. Besides the usual multiplayer mode, Mario Kart 8 will also include an online mode that connects up to twelve players at once. The game is available on Amazon.
Release Date: May 29 (JP), May 30 (NA&EU), May 31 (AU) Genre: Racing
Mode: Single-player & Multiplayer Official Website: mariokart8.nintendo.com
Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No. 1
5. Drakengard 3 (PS 3)
Drakengard 3 is a prequel to the original game of the Japanese Drakengard series. The game revolves around Zero, a mysterious woman who partners with a dragon to kill her five tyrant sisters. As players progress, they start to discover the true reason behind Zero’s rampage. The third game continues to deliver a mixture of ground-based hack-and-slash combat and aerial battles. Zero’s new adventure is available for purchase here.
Release Date: May 20 (NA), May 21 (EU), May 22 (AU) Genre: Action Role-Playing
Mode: Single-player Official Website: drakengardgame.com
Publisher: Square Enix Developer: Access Games
6. Tropico 5 (PC, PS 4, Xbox 360)
The Tropico series is returning this month with a brand new simulation game. Tropico 5 introduces several innovative political features and challenges players to manage their island colonies since its historical foundation in the colonial era, through World War 2, up to the cold war and present. One of the main attractions is the competitive multiplayer feature, which allows up to four players to ally or fight each other within the same island. Buy it now.
Mode: Single-player & Multiplayer Official Website: www.tropico5.com
Publisher: Kalypso Media Developer: Haemimont Games
7. Mario Golf World Tour (3DS)
Mario and his friends will engage in an exciting golf adventure this month in Mario Golf World Tour. The game displays intuitive controls and a fast paced realistic gameplay. The sport simulation mirrors the basis of golf, in which the player aims a ball with a golf club across a massive golf course in order to hit it into the target hole in the lowest number of strokes. Mario Golf World Tour can be purchased via Amazon.
Release Date: May 1 (JP), May 2 (NA&EU) Genre: Sports
Mode: Single-player & Multiplayer Official Website: mariogolf.nintendo.com
Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Camelot Software Planning
Other Game Releases This Month: Godzilla: Smash3 (May 16); Killer is Dead (May 9); Outlast: Whistleblower (May 7); Soul Sacrifice Delta (May 14); Start a Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (May 7); Transistor (May 20).