You are a Hunter on a quest to kill a corrupt god and save the human race. That is the powerful concept of Alder’s Blood, a new turn-based, tactical stealth game.
The debut title of Polish indie studio Shockwork Games shows a dark fantasy world inspired by Victorian fantasy and the Wild West. As you can see in the trailer below, it’s a harsh world, where mankind did not have the chance to advance past 19th Century technology.
After humans spent millennia ravaging the world it had created, a once benevolent god decided they are fighting back. The world is now stuck in an everlasting twilight, and the laws of natures have stopped working. What’s worse, this decaying god is sending waves of terrible monsters to end the ones responsible for its suffering – the human race.
The only thing standing between humanity and the End Times are the Hunters – highly skilled, professional monster slayers. As one such Hunter, you’ll have to plan your attacks carefully, use the shadows to sneak closer to your target until you can almost feel its nasty breath on your face, and then strike with full force. “Quick, quiet, and deadly” is how they hunt.
In Alder’s Blood you lead a group of Hunters because no matter how strong these Elite warriors are, they don’t have a change in a one-on-one battle with any of the many beasts the god throws at you. Use clever tactics, specialized gear, and dark artifacts to defeat them.
But your greatest weapon is stealth. Werewolves and vampires can sense your presence by sight, sound and even smell, so you’ll have to outsmart them if you want to stay alive. You’ll need to monitor wind direction, avoid being noticed, and prepare deadly ambushes – that is how an effective Hunter kills their monstrous prey.
Werewolves and vampires are a tough enough challenge, but the god’s corruption is the real enemy. It can change the weather at will, and summon monsters and transform them into his powerful avatars. The battlefield can change at any moment, and you’ll need to adopt new strategies on the fly.
Speaking of strategy, Alder’s Blood does have a few strategy elements. You have a mobile base you can manage and upgrade as you progress through the world. Exploration and resources management seem to be integral parts of the gameplay, so the game isn’t just about slaughtering hordes of monsters.
Alder’s Blood is coming to PC through Steam, and Nintendo Switch towards the end of 2019. The game will become available on other consoles at a later date.