Longing for a challenge? Love Darkest Dungeon? Yes and yes? Vambrace: Cold Soul has hit Xbox One. From the developer behind the horror series “The Coma“, Devespresso Games, comes this new, tough-as-nails roguelike RPG.
In Vambrace: Cold Soul, you play as Evelia Lyric and must assemble a party from multiple distinct classes to send them on quests full of peril. From there, you’ll explore frost-laden environs, while even the simplest decision of going left or right might alter your party’s fate.
During these sorties, a terror bar will also increase, making the surroundings even more treacherous. Characters will encounter a number of random events and warming campfires for taking a momentary respite.
Momentary indeed, as every step will potentially present hidden traps and intimidating monsters. Ensure the victory of your subordinates and test your tactical prowess by engaging these monstrosities in turn-based combat.
Fortune will favour the prepared, as your decisions, equipment and even character placement on the battlefield will impact the chances of success. Persevere, and you’ll discover rare artefacts and loot beyond the beauty of mere words.
If you manage to survive the hazards of the surface, then returning to town will present you with a range of additional options. From crafting and purchasing new equipment, recruiting new heroes and customizing Evelia, to partaking in dangerous quests.
Available to purchase and download this very minute, judging by the trailers and screenshots, Vambrace: Cold Soul features beautiful hand-drawn visuals and an intriguing story to boot. This is what the developer has to say:
The Shade King has cursed the great city of Icenaire. Now cast under a permanent blight of frost fall, its former residents have returned from the dead as wraiths. Survivors take refuge deep underground where they lead a desperate campaign against this unearthly power. Woefully outmatched, they are forced into hiding as the King of Shades amasses an army of the undead above them. One fateful day, a mysterious stranger appears in the city with an enchanted vambrace. She may now be their only hope…
Sounds very much like Game of Thrones and we couldn’t be any happier. And who knows, for a fair price of £20.99 from the Xbox Store, Vambrace: Cold Soul might even improve upon its lacklustre ending.
Vambrace: Cold Soul launches now on Xbox One and a day later – on August 29th – on PlayStation 4 and Switch. Once the game lands in our hands, rest assured because we’ll suffer through its challenges for you. And explain what it looks, feels, tastes and plays like afterwards in our review. Keep an eye out for it.
Edit: And that review of Vambrace: Cold Soul on Xbox One is now live.
Vambrace: Cold Soul is a roguelike fantasy-adventure set amidst a frozen landscape. Plan your expeditions underground, then journey to the cursed city surface with your team of heroes. Wield unique powers, avoid dangerous traps, brave strange encounters, and survive deadly combat! SYNOPSIS: The King of Shades has cursed the great city of Icenaire. Now cast under a permanent blight of frost fall, its former residents have returned from the dead as mad Wraiths. Survivors take refuge deep underground where they lead a desperate campaign against this unearthly power. Woefully outmatched, they are forced into hiding as the King of Shades amasses an army of the undead above them. One fateful day, a mysterious stranger appears in the city with an enchanted vambrace. She may now be their only hope… GAMEPLAY: You are Evelia Lyric, bearer of the Aetherbrace and the only human capable of entering Icenaire. The survivors now look to you as their best hope against the King of Shades. Only one problem…you’re woefully outmatched, and survival is not guaranteed. Vambrace: Cold Soul is a narrative-driven game filled with memorable characters, brutal challenges, and deep strategy. To succeed, you must choose perceptive party leaders, camp to recuperate, navigate strange encounters, and survive deadly combat. Will you scavenge for supplies to sell or use them to craft new items for your next expedition? The surface of Icenaire is cold and unforgiving. So, prepare your party well before departing…lest you join the cursed city’s undead. In this game, the difference between life and undeath all comes down to good planning and smart tactics! FEATURES: Embark on an epic fantasy-adventure spanning 7 intriguing chapters. Complete sub-quests to unlock up to 26 new, thematic character skins. Assemble your party from 5 races and 10 unique classes of recruits. Craft items and armor from precious materials gathered on your trips. Make crucial decisions where one wrong turn can seal your party’s fate. Prepare well well or condemn your comrades to permanent death. Find codex pages to expand upon Ethera’s history and mythical lore.