Blackthorn Arena is a strategy/management sim with real-time combat system set in a fantasy world with mythical monsters and classic fantasy races. Play as the master of Blackthorn Arena, train your slaves into gladiators, forge them into your champions and send them to fight for your glories in the arenas!
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (82) - 69% of the 82 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (863) - 79% of the 863 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 17, 2020

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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?

“Launching an EA version of Blackthorn arena will grant us great help on testing our game and collecting feedback to improve it. With the help of the community, we can balance and debug the game more effectively. Also, We will add additional content according to community feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“About two or three month, the game is almost completed. The rest of our work will be improve the game’s display, add few contents while debug and balance it.”

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

“The full version of course will have better display , and it will have a few additional contents, such as new items, new enemies or maybe new scenes,might be new battle system depends on Players' feedback. And of course, the full version will be more stable and optimized. Besides, the full Version of our game will include higher resolution option(2K, 4K).”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version contains most of gameplay, which includes 10 different Arenas, more than 30 kinds of monsters, six unique weapon styles, over 200 pieces of equipment and the whole story. The details and additional contents will be added afterwards.”

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

“Our Early Access price covers all outlined content leading up to the full release of the game. The players who joined us during the Early Access are appreciated and will receive full version of game update by free however, pricing for those who do not participate in Early Access will be slightly increased to received similar content.”

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

“Players are encouraged to join in discussion on our forums and discord as well as Twitter (PersonaeG) Link :, where all feedback is considered to improve our game.”
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About This Game

The story happens in a brutal land called the Freelands, consists of several city states and trade towns while slavery is still a universal thing here. You – as an heir of the Blackthorn Arena, swear to take back the glory and honor once belong to your family.

Notice: As the game is in the EA stage, the optimization of the memory is not yet completed. Players with 8G or less memory are strongly recommended playing in low or medium effects to prevent the game from flashing back. We apologize for this and promise to do our best to optimize the game before the official release. Thank you.

Core Game Play:
1) Build your gladiators:
Buy slaves and train them into gladiators. You will need to manage their attributions, skills and talents, equip them with the best armors and weapons you can afford. Some of them may have talent to become a support staff such as cooks, healer, drillmaster, black smith etc.

2) Claim your Glories:
Send your Gladiators to fight in 10 diverse arenas in "The FreeLand”, defeat other gladiators and over 30 kinds of monsters. Challenge the champions of other arenas, kick them out of their throne. Create your own champions and become the most powerful master in the world.

3) Manage your arena:
Don’t forget you have an arena to manage! As your gladiators win battles in other arenas, you will gain money as reward, as well as reputation. Money can buy new slaves, better equips and upgrade your arena when needed. Use your money wisely because everything about running an arena is depending on it. Reputation is important too, cost reputation to hold a game will grant you considerable incomes.

Key Feature:
1) All Gladiators are lived:
All gladiators are existed dynamically in the game world - not only yours, but also gladiators in other Arenas or belongs to other masters. NPC gladiators will enroll in different competitions which hold all over the world every day. They could die, get injured or grow stronger as your gladiators do. Whenever you defeat other Gladiators, you can either spare their lives or execute them. If you spare gladiators, you may face them again in the future battle.

2) RPG level Character build:
Blackthorn Arena offers players a CRPG level character build systems. Choose between 6 major attributes and 6 weapon types, combine over 100 combat skills to build a unique fighter. There are no classes, you create your own class! Your Gladiators will also gain various traits during their gladiator career. Some traits may have strong impacts in competitions.

3) Various equipment:
Equip your gladiators with over 200 pieces of armors and weapons, not just for combat effectiveness but also for fashion! Each set of armor has an unique appearance and will reflect in our advanced avatar system.

4) Abundant events:
As an Arena master, you must deal with plenty of events every day. Some of them are opportunity while others are total troubles. Dealing with all kinds of emergencies is also an important and inevitable experience for an Arena master.

5) Real time combat with tactical pause:
The game’s combat is based on real time, but you can pause at any time to issue an command, switch between characters or apply other technique movements.

6) Editable Combat AI
During fighting, you can command only one gladiator at a time. The rest of them will fight automatically. But you can always edit your gladiators' combat AI so they can response to different situation properly.

7) Brutal and challenging Gladiator Career:
The career of a gladiator is cruel and gory. Your Gladiators could completely lose control due to will collapses in the battles. Also beware, Gladiators may die permanently when get defeated! So, please cherish your Gladiators' lives, but don't get over passible for them.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game contains some gore and violent contents during battle/fight phase. It also contains a place called torture chamber that could have some scene of physical torture, however neither sexual nor extreme(such as alcohol abused) included. Our game does have slight naked appearance for some characters (mostly are low level slaves)

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3450 (3.1 GHz) / AMD FX-6300 X6 (3.5 GHz)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB, GeForce GTX 660/Radeon HD 7870
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: N/A
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 (3.5 GHz)/AMD FX-8300 (3.3 GHz)
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4 GB, GeForce GTX 1060 / Radeon RX 480
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: N/A

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