We’ve got wizard boots on the ground
Ascendant Studios has a release date for its debut game. Immortals of Aveum is a story-driven, single-player game about battlemages and spell-based warfare arriving for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on July 20.
First revealed at The Game Awards 2022, Immortals of Aveum is the first game from Ascendant Studios, a new development house made up of several video game veterans, including former Dead Space developer Bret Robbins. Immortals is getting published under Electronic Arts’ EA Originals label, too.
As for what Immortals of Aveum is? Well, it’s a bit different. We attended a briefing in which Ascendant described it as a “magic shooter.” It is a first-person game where you use magic as your bullets. Different types of magic, quite literally described as red, blue, or green, act as both weapons and elements for abilities. You ca get a good look at the magic below in today’s reveal trailer:
I’ve got the magic in me
During our briefing, we were told how the idea spawned from playing Call of Duty and imagining that chaotic battlefield in a fantasy setting. Dragons instead of helicopters, wizards instead of infantry, etc. Honestly, Immortals of Aveum nails that vibe.
There’s a strange mix of military and magic that’s just alien enough to pique my curiosity, like if The Eternals fell into Battlefield. That said, the actual gameplay mixes “bullets”—gauntlet skills that fire like a shotgun or machinegun would—and full-on spells that can enact some real chaos on the field.
Immortals of Aveum is also a single-player, story-driven game. Picking up Aveum won’t add another battle pass to your life. It’s also, however, a full-priced game: $59.99 on PC, and $69.99 for consoles. There’s also a Deluxe Edition for $10 extra on both platforms, with a unique sigil and some gear.
It’s a little strange, but definitely different than what it could have been. Color me curious to see just how Immortals of Aveum comes together for its July 20 release date on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam and Epic.