Skara is a Free-to-Play competitive team-based melee combat game placed in a fantasy world which future is influenced by players. Take your weapons and join the arena!
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Release Date:
Feb 3, 2017

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Great games aren’t developed overnight, and the best games are developed with a community. Skara, in its essence an indie multiplayer game, is now at the stage of needing to be played to improve. This task is not for the faint of heart. You will be going where no person has gone before, a world that is still being built, a world perpetually at War.

On the one hand, that means that you can experience some problems and discover bugs. On the other hand, if you are willing to invest some time to have some fun and to help us continue developing it, you will be one of the first to shape a new kind of gaming experience!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Even though that we have had previous versions, it is our first international open build and we still need your active feedback to polish the game. However long it takes to get there will be Skara’s Early Access.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Skara will add content on the top of the actual version. Right now we have the body of our game but we will have 4 different arenas, 5 customisable characters to choose from, new customizable options for the characters and keep polishing the game.

Remember that we will keep adding more features and content after our full release, so it won’t stop us to go even further and open new unexplored scopes for Skara.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Skara consists of 3 arenas (one for the “Duel” and the two other for the “Last Team Standing” game modes) and 4 characters with different skins. They are meant for as many as 6 players at the same time - human players (or bots filling the remaining slots), who can party together through our social system to play as a team.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No, the game is and will be Free-to-Play. But don’t panic, it is and will be also Free-to-Win. This means that you only be able to purchase cosmetic items.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We would value community feedback on virtually any and every aspect of the game. From finding bugs to balancing the combat to brainstorming cool new features, we are all about making Skara for the community to rule and enjoy, and we expect the Early Access community to be extremely vocal on all these fronts.

To facilitate that process, we will have lots of easy ways to provide both targeted and general feedback, from surveys to polls and the odd email.

We will also stream the game on Twitch where you will be able to talk with the developers directly while playing Skara.”
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March 7

Skara Dev Streams are back!

Every Wednesday from now on we will be playing Skara and discussing details about upcoming changes in the game. We would love to have you all on board and smash some dev’s heads while we talk about the future of the game!

You can follow the stream on our Twitch channel every Wednesday at 5pm (CET)

[h1[Let’s talk about balance![/h1]

Since we launched Skara’s Open Beta there have been some issues and discussions about current balance. We would love to hear your opinion on that so we can make the necessary changes before the Open Beta 0.2.0 (estimated release: April 2018). Don’t be shy and come to play and talk to us - shyness becomes easier to handle when you are brandishing an axe or two!

See you on the battlefield
The Skara team
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February 15

Skara Beta is live!

Welcome, survivors!

The moment has arrived: Skara Beta is finally live!

Thanks to all of you for your patience and the support messages we have received through the process of building Skara - The Blade Remains. There are still a lot of things that need to be done, but we truly believe that this version represents the core of our vision to create competitive multiplayer fighting and evolving storytelling.

Here you can find what Skara Beta represents:

Gameplay improvements

In terms of gameplay, the main focus for this version have been to make combat more tactical and usable and to normalize certain rules that were not deterministic enough. Strongly committed to “easy to play, hard to master”, we are aiming to raise the skill cap of Skara - The Blade Remains while lowering its learning curve.

Damage collision detection

We have deeply improved our system to give not only more consistency to it, but to expand the specificities of each attack. With this changes, you will want to think whether you dash left or right to avoid that wide spear attack.

New combat animations + timings

Combat timings and distances have been rebalanced to promote a slower but more diverse and tactical combat where choices are more meaningful and attacks and survivors have more variety between them.


Following the timing changes we have added the feint action, which allows to stop certain starter attacks, deepening the mind games and tactics involved in the fight.

Magnet and auto-lock (Free Camera Mode)

Magnet option reorients your attacks towards closest enemies to make it easier for you to hit them when you are in free camera mode. As some of you asked, you can turn it off in the options menu if it doesn’t match your playstyle.

We have also added the auto lock feature that locks a target automatically after attacking them. It only works if magnet is activated and you are in free camera mode.

Smart target (Targeting mode)

Does switching between enemies when you are in targeting mode feel too slow for you? With smart target now you will be able to attack in the direction you wish (WASD or L-Stick). Try it out and give us your feedback!


Getting your attack parried or smashing your weapon against a wall will now interrupt you and play a deflect animation.

Dashs rework

Dashes timing and distances have been reworked to make them more systemic and balanced.

New Coliseum layout

The Khilma Coliseum has been modified to avoid unnecessary lengthening of the rounds. Having an obstacle will discourage uninteresting patterns while giving room to wider variety of interactions. It has also received a Sudden Death feature just like Gao-Di map, hope it blazes you!

Dà-shizu new kit

Dà-shizu have received a full rework on their combat kit, with the goal to maintain their core traits while trying to remove some unhealthy patterns. Dashes no longer go through other players and basic and specialized attacks are now more diverse to offer deeper and more appealing options. Defense has been fully overhauled and is now a defensive attack.

Menu new look

One of the first things you will notice is the complete rework on the main menu and the UI. Although it looks way better now this is not only a visual style change. New design layout make the process of navigating through the menu easier for both mouse and controller.

This change will allow us to implement new features faster, as we implemented a new system to make more changes without having to create a new build. More on this to come soon.

New cosmetics: Skins dyes

We know the way your characters look is important, so we decided to give you even more options to distinguish yourself from other survivors on the battlefield!

Dyes will be obtained on Orbs that you can buy or unlock by just playing Skara. They all come with Lore-related names so make sure you find the best fit for your character.

New cosmetics: Emotes

A new way to express yourself on the battlefield has arrived! Use emotes to greet your folks and foes, or just sit down if there is an interesting duel and you don’t want to intervene. These emotes are very Lore-focused; for all of you who have read the novel ‘Time of the Two Suns’ they will be quite clear. If that is not the case stay tuned as we will soon release extra information on our Wiki page.

At the moment there are 3 different emotes per characters. Make sure you use the in-game Communication wheel to display them on the battlefield pressing ‘B’ on your keyboard or the arrow ‘up’ on your controller.

New skins

You will find new skins, helmets and weapons available in the Armory. From the Loút Hunters from the Khärn to the amazing skin of the Klarawatch of the Tamvaasa. Find them all under each culture section and try to get them all!.

More skins are coming on future builds. Stay tuned to Steam, Discord and all our Social Media platforms as we showcase them.

Ingame economy

The economy of Skara comes with major changes as we are approaching the complete integration with the blockchain.

· Karats, the old gem that allowed you to purchase your favorite items now are called ‘Shards’. They works almost exactly the same way than the old ‘Karats’, with some extra bonus - you can now obtain some of the opening ‘Zem Orbs’. The existing ‘Karats’ in your account have been now turned to ‘Shards’.

· The official currency in Skara is now called Talon (T) - from the House of Talé, the Kings of Durno - and it is the crypto currency of the Skara Universe. 1,000 Talons equal 1 SKRT (Skara Token), and you will be soon be able to obtain this crypto currency both in and outside the game. Check for more information.

Experience Wipe

Experience and levels have been reset on all accounts - something quite common on Alpha-to-Beta transitions - but don’t worry: all the items you purchased during the Alpha are still in your inventory, and same goes with your ‘Karats’ (you should have exactly the same amount on ‘Shards’.

See you on the Battlefield,
The Skara Team
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About This Game

Skara is a Free-to-Play competitive team-based melee combat game for up to 6 players set in a fantasy world. Skara is now available for PC on the Steam Store. Easy to learn, hard to master, only the best can be legendary, remembered forever in Skara lore. Will you be among the next Skara heroes?

Fast-paced combat with timing and accuracy focus
Each survivor has his own 3rd person combat style with a personalized set of close combat movements and skills to fight in frenetic skirmishes.

Team fighting synergies between characters
In order to master the game you will need to learn the specificities of each culture’s combat style to take advantage of your survivor’s and play as a cohesive group of warriors, powering each other’s strengths.

Quick multiplayer matches
You can choose different game modes ranging approximately from 3 to 10 minutes. You cannot hide in the arenas, so you must kill your enemies before they kill you.

Game modes
Right now we have 2 game modes: a 1v1 “Duel” and a 3v3 “Last Team Standing”. And 3 arenas: “Jaarvi” is the icy scenario for the Duels and “Khilma - Lava Coliseum” with “Gâo-di - Temple of the Zem” are the two scenarios where the Last Team Standing matches take place.
A 5v5 “Domination” is planned to come in the future. We will soon start working on 5v5 “Siege Battles”. Nearly all of them contain interactive elements. Danger is everywhere.

We have been working for the last four years to create a cohesive and rich Skara World with a strong culture background. We will introduce it to you through: in-game specific entries, some lore-related events, quotes from each Skara’s Culture in our medias and a ready to be published novel.

Cosmetic based monetization system
You will be able to personalise your survivors with aesthetic elements such as skins, emotes, victory poses and dyes.

Playing Skara automatically means you have a say in its continued development.

From achievements to game modes, there are a whole host of details that we leave open to you, the players, to decide. We are really a small team that takes the community seriously. Just check the forums to see that in action!

"And then it happened. I know not how to describe it with intelligible language - surely the Authorities must have words to describe these cosmic occurrences…" -Saltés Borian, Governor of Valemteim

Celem is no longer the only Light that governs the world of Skara. Lôm, the lesser Light, engaged Celem in a celestial combat, wreaking havoc upon all that depended upon Him for life.

Now the Lands of the Long North freeze while the Long South burns. Empires have fallen.
Many have perished. And many more will continue fighting as what is left of Skara is reclaimed by those with the will to dominate.

Will you?

Fear comes from the belly. So Khärn cut the belly to let it out.

Born from the bowels of Skara, these mysterious and violent raiders of the land are by far the strongest of all. However, their brute strength makes them slow, offering brave opponents a brief opportunity for victory.

...Soon all will know, and fear, the Sons of Fire.

The tireless Celea escaped their burning homes to settle in a new land. Little did they know how soft and unprepared that land would be. Unstoppable in groups, the Celea are masters of Atash.

“Anger that sits burns its bearer, Anger that moves burns others” -Shinse proverb

The Shinse lost their ancestral lands on Skara’s coast to the invading Celea. Now they seek revenge. Swift and agile, the Shinse have only two types of opponents: The quick and the dead.

“Gaal spake, the sound summoning Tamvaasa to spring from the sea
Gaal was so glad in His glory, He gave great gifts to Tamvaasa
Food for feeding, fields to frolick in, and forests for wondering…”
-Tamvaasa creation hymn

The Tamvaasa descend from the Long North, a hardened race with a proud history and an age old rivalry with their southern neighbours, the Durno. Their piercing attacks, combined with powerful song-lore taken from the wild, makes them a force to reckon with.

Part of the vision of Skara is to allow players to literally become the protagonists of an unfolding drama. For now, we will hold a series of events for you to have a chance to be immortalized in Skara Lore. The first of them being the one called “Cataclysm”.

After the full version release, new in-game features will keep embracing this vision.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit operating system required)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional controller
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit operating system required)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional controller
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