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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Jan 6, 2021

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Why Early Access?

“Ethereal Gem, LLC is an indie game studio with an incredibly small team developing Bowmen. Because of this, internal play testing can only get us so far, and we felt that the game would greatly benefit from feedback obtained directly from players. 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 release Bowmen on Early Access prior to launch.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Currently, Bowmen does not have a hard release date. While we feel that the game in its current state is fairly polished, our vision of what Bowmen is and could be may differ from that of players. Perhaps minions spawn too slowly, or the gameplay feels stale and not very engaging. Perhaps some items are overpowered, while others feel they aren’t worth ever equipping. Perhaps some players would enjoy different game modes in addition to Onslaught, such as multiplayer, which would keep them engaged with the game. These are questions we want to address during the Early Access period.

Regardless of how development proceeds, we expect to be as transparent as possible with the Steam community on the development process, our progress, and upcoming game changes.”

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

Bowmen currently is a single-player experience in which you, the Bowman, fight off hordes of enemies for as long as possible using a variety of skills, weapons, and environmental advantages. While this game mode, referred to as “Onslaught”, will continue to evolve during the Early Access period, we hope to add an additional multiplayer “Arena” mode in the full version of the game. This game mode will allow players to fight against each other in one-on-one or team-based combat matches, putting their archery skills to the ultimate test.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Single-player Onslaught mode in Early Access is nearly complete. However, we do expect this game mode to change in response to player feedback as development continues, including enemy health changes, changes to enemy movement speed, item balance changes, and the introduction of additional enemy types. Arena PvP mode is currently not in the Early Access version of the game and is under active development since the beginning of 2023. For more information about the status of PvP development, please see our updates on our official website or under News and Announcements on Steam.”

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 player feedback, bug reporting, and support for Bowmen in addition to the support forum available through Steam. We want Bowmen to really shine, and your feedback will help us get it there. Player feedback will help Bowmen evolve and take shape as we get closer to its official launch.

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.”
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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 v0.1.0.4, 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
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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