ARISEN is a narrative card game where you use your emotions to create your own story in a dark fantasy universe.
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Release Date:
21 Sep, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have always worked with the support of our community on the Prologue and on our crowdfunding campaign and we believe launching in Early Access is the best way to continue to do so.

With the players' help, we shall be able to push ARISEN further and its various specificities. As the game explores a non-linear adventure with numerous choices, we need to gather valuable feedback early to make it a better experience for everyone.
As we will publish the content of the game Act by Act for a total of 3 acts, players can expect to discover more of the story, characters and the Var’Nagal world as much as we release more features.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We shall release the game in about 6 to 9 months after the beginning of Early Access. As we split the game into 3 acts and the early access contains roughly 1 act, we plan to ship the third act of the game in the first quarter of 2022.”

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

“As we said, we plan to release more content through several game updates, act by act but also with more content between acts with the same structure as we have for the first act: Prologue (already released for free) / Main Quests (what will be included in the first EA build) / Epilogue (ending of the act available later).
So the full version will include all the content and features to come with Act 2 and 3.

ARISEN 1.0 at launch will contain:
  • the entire story, so more than 500.000 words,
  • all the backgrounds (more than 50),
  • all the minor characters (about 30),
  • Game in English and French at launch.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The release we will publish on Early Access will be close to a beta version with almost all the content of the first act to play.
You will be able to meet the 6 main characters and follow their storylines, discover a part of their backstory, explore more than 22 locations and meet around 10 minor characters for a total of around 160.000 words.”

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

“As we already fixed the price of the game on our crowdfunding campaign and for our earlier supporters, the price will stay the same during all Early Access. Still, we plan to raise the price for the final release.”

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

“During all the Early Access players will be able to make feedback directly through the game by pressing F8. If you notice a mistake, a bug, maybe something weird, you will be able to do it quickly in game. Not only with those tools, on our Discord, Community Forums here on Steam, we plan to keep listening to player feedback, comments and to improve the game together.

We will also work with a closed group of players to have access to the latest builds and exchange with the dev-team more closely and try features or new content for proofreading before the release on EA.”
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About This Game

ARISEN - Chronicles of Var'Nagal is a story-driven game in which you express yourself with your emotions, embodied by beautiful tarot cards. These cards allow you to make many choices that will impact the world around you while you unlock new cards.

You have been torn away from your peaceful life by foreign soldiers, then chained in a hold in a warship alongside many prisoners, both elves and humans... You’ve been sold into slavery on the island of Maccialatt. Thanks to your willpower, your adaptability or your physical strength, you will embark on a quest for freedom!

During your journey, you will cross paths with many people of different races, ages and genders. People whose very lives you may be able to change. Some of them will feel immediately likeable, while others, could surprise you… Will you make friends, have a lover? Or would you rather have enemies or even a nemesis?

  • 360,000 words with several paths and multiple various plot twists to unlock!
  • An emotional card system that gives you freedom and control over your story and empathy in your choices (Fear, Sorrow, Disgust, Anger, Joy).
  • 6 main characters to discover through 5 types of relationships (Lover, Friend, Neutral, Enemy, Nemesis), with their own quests and developments.
  • Dive into the Var'Nagal universe, a world built to evolve over several games and meet various species such as elves, lizardmen, gnomes and shapeshifters...
  • With more than a hundred illustrations, discover a unique realm in a style close to the Franco-Belgian comics.
  • Enjoy an enchanting original soundtrack with more than thirty pieces composed by Yann "Kayji" Rayon.
  • A questioning of values and ethics through the many choices offered.
  • Download the game's Prologue as a free demo, already available with more than 30 minutes of gameplay.

We are proofread by two wonderful persons: RKS Consulting about racism and xenophobia, and Johanne concerning LGBTQIA+ subjects.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Nudity, Mature Sexual Themes, Alcohol & Drugs References, Alcohol & Drugs Use, Mature Language, Dark Humor, Verbal Abuse, Implied Sexual Abuse, Minor Abuse, Mental Health Issues, Blood, Violence, Blasphemy, Murder, Suicide.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Graphics: Nvidia GEForce GTX 1060
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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