The Falconeer is right up there as one of the most anticipated indie titles of the year. In fact, we’ve been looking forward to it ever since we had the pleasure of chatting with the dev back at the start of 2020. Now though there’s a new trailer to wrap our eyes around, one which promises to take us up into the skies in order to choose a side and pledge our allegiance. And yet again, it shows off just how stunning The Falconeer is going to be.
Due to release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC on November 10th 2020 – yep, Xbox Series X|S launch title – The Falconeer comes from the creative mind of one Tomas Sala, pushed along nicely by those wonderful folk at Wired Productions. With the latter having dropped the superb AVICII Invector and Maneater out to the masses over recent times, and Sala having infused the game with his artistic and design skills, there is little reason to think that The Falconeer won’t be anything but a quality affair.
Combining intense dogfighting with some acrobatic aerial combat, when The Falconeer drops onto Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) you should expect to take in an awe-inspiring open world and huge bestiary of fantastic enemies across land, sea, and in the air. And for good measure, it’ll offer a truly next-gen visual experience across all formats, including at least 4K 60fps on Xbox Series X.
But that’s then, and for now we’ll have to make do with a trailer. It’s well worth taking in too as we choose a side and begin to understand how the game will move from the heights of an empire to the depths of a dark underworld, discovering the playable factions of The Falconeer in the process. The Great Ursee is a near-infinite body of water and home to the competing factions of The Falconeer. In the skies the rich and the powerful safeguard their assets aboard airships defended by mercenary Falconeers, while revolution and dissent brews among the downtrodden and poor on the waters below. Players will support their chosen faction from the back of a mighty warbird, flying missions that will shape the fate of The Great Ursee.
It’s not just the mind of Sala that is working wonder here though. Each faction is brought further into contrast by award-winning composer Benedict Nichols in his original soundtrack for The Falconeer. Synths, organs, Mongolian throat-singing, Balkan choir, bagpipes, and cimbalom come together to take players on an eclectic audio voyage through a unique sonic world.
Pledge Your Allegiance:
- The Northern Imperium. The greatest power on The Great Ursee, the Imperial throne commands the Northern Ursee with nobility, subterfuge, and manipulation as tools of power.
- The Mancer Order. The master scholars of The Order control all access to technology across the Ursee, guiding the march of progress towards an unknown destination along ‘The Path.’
- The Civilian Freehouses. A loosely aligned assemblage of independent communities united in defense of local trade and subject to the machinations of the Imperium and Mancer Order.
- The Freebooter Rebellion. Outcasts banished to the dark places of the Ursee, now returned from their exile with dark and ancient knowledge to wreak havoc on their long-time tormentors.
“I wanted the world of the Ursee to feel tangible, not just visually but with history and conflict you get to experience” said Tomas Sala, Developer of The Falconeer. “ It’s never immediately clear who is a ‘good guy’ or a ‘bad guy’. I hope players get to experience The Falconeer as a journey of discovery, unlocking the secrets of The Great Ursee and its people as they play.”
The Free & The Fallen gameplay trailer is found below. Check it out and let us know what you think. We’re pretty certain you’re going to like what you see.