Rise of the Battle Mage in Empire of Ember
Just last month, Poleaxe Games announced their upcoming FPS/RTS medieval hybrid title Empire of Ember for PC. While we didn’t get too much background on what to fully expect, the developers have begun a series of videos for their game, before the release. To give their fans expansive peeks into Empire of Ember, the first of the bunch focuses on the game’s skeletal design – from the destructive environments to the player’s approach in combat.
In the Fantasy Siege Battles Insight Trailer, many of the basic mechanics in the game are on display. There are three main archetypes of combat for Empire of Ember: Melee, Bow, and Staff. The video goes more into detail with each type’s advantages and opportunities. Furthermore, the game’s city-building provides a more sandbox-style approach to its design. Anything you build and decorate can be toppled over by violent enemy persistence. The tides of war can easily shift should your walls collapse or towers cower, but it all depends on how you command your troops.
Within the bloody skirmishes of Empire of Ember, up to 100 units can be on the field. Uniquely, you can take charge in the fight in one of two ways. One, go toe-to-toe and clash on the battlefield with your men fighting beside you. Or two, enter “Commander Mode” to initiate a light real-time strategic approach to controlling your forces. Additionally, the game will become more challenging as you put in the time to traverse the hex-based map. Player-crafted structures can also be visited along with “custom campaign map locations and multi-level dungeons.”
Empire of Ember‘s narrative was composed by Patrick Kevin Day, a former lead writer for Telltale Games. Some time ago, strange shards of Ember came from the sky. It was discovered that certain individuals, known as Lightbringers, could utilize these shards due to their sensitive connection to them. As a Lightbringer and a Battle Mage, you can wield both magic and steel after been trained by your wizard master. Until one day, he is murdered, and his death has strung a higher meaning for you and the world. But what is it, though? Only time will tell, with the next developer video from Poleaxe Games coming out soon.
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