Those looking for a glimpse into the Norse inspired, hand-drawn vector art world of ATONE should look no further as the first official trailer has been released. Young warrior Estra is here, and it’s her journey we’ll be following throughout!
When the once prosperous and mythical beast filled land of Midgard was abandoned by the Gods, it began to rot from the inside, tainted by unknown forces. Even Odin’s chosen guardians have scarpered, leaving the sacred Elder Tree exposed and primed for abuse and manipulation. The last shreds of hope reside in Estra, the daughter of mankind’s previous great leader who sets out to uncover the truth behind her father’s death.
The Nordic lore plays a huge part in the story – written by Rebecca Haigh – of Estra’s journey, with mysterious twists and consequential decisions arising from her conversations with a variety of characters. Increasingly challenging puzzles will also pop up along the way, which upon solving can reveal fantastical abilities, hidden passageways and insightful secrets. Trial and error can be of use in the puzzles, but some obstacles don’t allow for errors and it’s entirely possible to fail at them, losing the answers you seek in the process.
One of the most interesting aspects of the gameplay witnessed in the trailer is that of the combat mechanic. Instead of violently hacking and slashing your way to glory, fight sequences utilise a more delicate approach to swing the mighty sword. In the spirit of rhythm games Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution, you must sync button combinations with the beat of the battle track in order to succeed.
Developed by Wildboy Studios, ATONE is looking to take us to Midgard in 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux. For now, we’ll leave you with the first official trailer for the game below…