Lord Pain has risen once more to threaten the land of the living. As the last of an elite race known only as the Bowmen, you must gather your courage and slay his armies once again. Fight off hordes of enemies, equip unique items, and see how long you can survive in our debut title: Bowmen!
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Why Early Access?

“Ethereal Gem, LLC is a very small company with an even smaller team developing Bowmen. Therefore, internal play testing can only get us so far, and so we felt that Bowmen would greatly benefit from more extensive feedback that can only be provided by the broader gaming community. How fast minions move, minion health, item balance, minion types, and the overall game's experience will be much more refined with community feedback, and so we decided to switch to releasing Bowmen on Early Access first.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Currently we have Bowmen slated for a late (Q4) 2021 release. Initially we had planned to release at the end of the year in 2020, but since deciding to do Early Access, we thought it was best to delay it slightly and give us some time to make tweaks based on community feedback. We feel that the game in its current state is fairly polished, but we understand that gameplay may need to change based on player input. Perhaps minions spawn too slowly, or perhaps some minions are not challenging enough. Perhaps some weapons are not accurately tuned. These are questions that we want to address during the Early Access period.

Depending upon player feedback, this Early Access period may be short lived or relatively long. Either way, we will continue to update you on its progress as we move forward through 2021.”

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

“We tried to give Bowmen as much polish as possible before launching in Early Access, and so therefore, we expect the Early Access version to be similar to the final launched product. Our goals for Early Access is to refine and balance game items, add or remove items, adjust enemies (stats, move speed, damage, and enemy types), and refine or adjust boss mechanics based on player feedback. Our goal is essentially to tweak Bowmen during Early Access to make it a more enjoyable experience for players, while also removing any remaining bugs the crept passed our internal beta testing stage.

Therefore, our expectation is that the Early Access version will be fairly similar to the final game version, although some enemy mechanics and items may change between the two.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version of Bowmen contains a chat system, ranking system (via the Steam Leaderboards), skins, Steam Achievements, and a single playable game mode called "onslaught". The game supports five different "onslaught" difficulties, by which the player is able to fight against an endless wave of enemies to earn points and a final game score. These scores are sent to Steam's servers and used to determine a player's global rank.

For more information about Bowmen, please see our About section.”

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

“We plan on offering Bowmen at a discounted price during Early Access to reward those that took an interest in the game and its development during this period. After Early Access, the game's price may increase slightly. However, since Bowmen is a short and small game from a very small game studio, we intend to keep the game overall relatively inexpensive.”

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

“All feedback provided to us while Bowmen is in Early Access will be taken very seriously. We have set up a support forum dedicated to feedback, bug reporting, and support for Bowmen throughout its run on Steam Early Access. We want Bowmen to really shine, and your feedback will help us get it there.

We also plan on regularly updating the community when feedback from players have directly led to game changes, along with which players contributed to this change (if desired). We plan on listing the names or Steam IDs (whichever is preferred) of all Early Access players that provided useful feedback that influenced the development of the game at the final launch. Bowmen will be polished through the feedback by the gaming community, and so they should receive credit for those contributions. Early Access backers will also be given a hidden Steam Achievement for supporting the game during Early Access, as well as an exclusive skin (the Panda skin), as an extension of our gratitude for their early support.”
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About This Game

HOW LONG CAN YOU SURVIVE? Lord Pain has summoned his infernal minions once again to wreak havoc on the realms of men... As one of the last of the Bowmen, a long forgotten but elite Elven race that once guarded the living against this malevolent evil, you must conjure up your courage and venture forth toward the portal of doom to save mankind once again. With a bit of skill, a dash of luck, and the help of unusual accomplices, you may hold these demons off just long enough for the living to be saved and mankind to emerge victorious once again!

Fight against Lord Pain's relentless armies in a single game mode called "onslaught", whereby enemies spawn in progressively more and more difficult waves the longer you stay alive. To succeed, you'll need to call upon allies for aid, equip unique items, use health potions, and decimate your foes by detonating powerful explosives.

Leveling up your character after each encounter will allow you to invest in player attributes that will improve your character's damage throughput and survivability, slowly allowing you to progress into more daunting and brow-sweating difficulties.

Bowmen comes "equipped" (heh, see what I did there?) with a plethora of items that drop from enemies that have succumbed to your inescapable wrath. These items can improve your player's stats, grant you extra experience per kill, heal your character, or empower you with unique skills and abilities. Will you stick with a scroll that gives you some additional health regen, or will you drop it in favor of that sick legendary sword that will allow you to do maximum damage? The choice is yours!

Completing specific objectives, performing feats of strength, or reaching high global ranks in Bowmen will unlock unique skins that will allow you to customize your character for a more personalized gaming experience. Starting with RC v1.04, as a token of our gratitude for supporting Bowmen during its early stages, players that purchase the game before its full release will be given the Panda skin, a unique skin that makes a menacing face whenever you get a double kill or greater during onslaught. Early Access backers will also unlock the Vanguard achievement, forever solidifying your Steam account as an Early Access supporter.

Early Access backers will also be providing key feedback to the developers that will shape how the game plays and feels. Those that provide us feedback during development will be given specific recognition in the game's credits once it launches.

Lastly, you can fight your way to the top of our leaderboards to earn exclusive bragging rights among your fellow archers! After each session of onslaught on Inferno difficulty, your score will automatically be submitted to Steam along with your character's name and your current level. If your score is higher than any of the scores within the top 1000 for that season, your score and rank will be shown in-game so that everyone will know their place relative to YOU in the Bowmen hierarchy!

Disclaimer: Bowmen is currently available through Steam Early Access, but is considered a work in progress and not representative of the final product. If you wish to play Bowmen in its current state and provide us with feedback, you may do so by purchasing a copy of the game and providing feedback on the Steam forums. For more information about Early Access, please see the Early Access Q&A above.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 (64bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5-2500 3.3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTS450 / AMD Radeon 6850HD
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: macOS 10.12+
    • Processor: Intel i5-3470 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 675MX / AMD Radeon R9 M380
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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