ELDERBORN - a Metal AF* Slasher with brutal FPP melee combat and souls-like/RPG character progression. In the times of legend, barbarian tribes need a new dark messiah. Be that merciless slayer. Uncover ancient secrets in the city of doom. Forge your own destiny! *Action Fantasy.
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Very Positive (58) - 89% of the 58 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 11, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We needed your feedback to make the best FPP melee Metal AF slasher of all time.

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

We're releasing the game in full on 30 January 2020
After ~15 months of early access development cycle - we are ready.

We've had some ambitious goals, for a small indie studio like ours, but at this point - we feel pretty good about ourselves. Early Access has been quite a journey, and we're happy many of you took it with us!”

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

“During our 15-month Early Access development period the game has been improved, polished, and infused with new content on every possible level. The 3-episode main campaign + tutorial will take 7-9 hours to finish on average. But the final game also includes a story to follow, delivered via cut-scenes and written codex entries, to offer an extra layer of RPG-like depth, to our action-focused gameplay. The game, among other things, now includes 11 varied weapons, each with its own special ability, all-new GUI, and a player progression tree with souls-like leveling mechanics. All this and more will be available to general public, upon the full release on January 30, 2020.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We've decided to keep the final episode and lots of the updates for the final release, to provide the new content with the highest possible level of polish, that a small studio as ours can achieve (HYPERSTRANGE is 7 people now). However, even at the current state, complete with the "Call of Jurmum" update, the game is much more fleshed out and content-packed than 15 months ago, at the start of our Early Access.”

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

“During our early access period the price has been diversified to add more purchase options. You can now get the standard mid-price edition, or the Metal AF edition at indie premium-tier price, enhanced with digital OST and digital artbook.”

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

“Community feedback has been a very important motivator in our work for the last 15 months, and we took a lot of suggestions into account. We even managed to convert some of the most critical reviews into enthusiastic ones. Some of our harshest critics are now our friends and fans - we couldn't feel more proud. After leaving early access, we will continue to pay close attention to everything players have to say about ELDERBORN and our future projects.”
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“A Dark Messiah in Souls' clothing.”

“I think I wouldn't be in error to call ELDERBORN a DOOM sans the guns.”

“Between the excellent melee combat and the stellar presentation, Elderborn is shaping up to be one of my most highly-anticipated games of this year, and it should be for you, too. Good melee games are somewhat rare in this shooting game era, so Elderborn is going to have a big chance to shine brightly.”
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About This Game

ELDERBORN is a Metal Action Fantasy Slasher with brütal FPP melee combat and souls-like/RPG character progression. In the times of legend, the barbarian tribes need a new dark messiah. The player becomes a merciless slayer who will uncover ancient secrets in the city of doom, and forge their own destiny. This ambitious indie game, five years in the making, combines old-school single-player feel, a classic heroic story, and modern level of skill-based challenge. All this and more creates an action-packed, engaging adventure that will last 8-10 hours in a single play-through. Prepare for:

  • Skill-based, souls-like melee combat in first person perspective, complete with 11 varied weapons to master
  • Character progression and skill system that allows you to play the game in your very own way
  • A hand-crafted, mysterious, and dangerous world to explore - catacombs, ancient, monolithic city, and more
  • A large selection of enemies, each with their own fighting style, tricks, strengths, and weaknesses
  • An epic and somewhat exotic original heavy metal soundtrack with an occasional electronic beat
  • An unapologetic tribute to Robert E. Howard-esque heroic fantasy and the awesome pop-culture of the 80's and 90's

ELDERBORN is an Early Access title, launching in full on January 30, 2020. A lot has happened in the 15 months since it was first presented to the public. Many of the changes were inspired by the player feedback. We are following a roadmap for the game's development, and we're nearly at the point of full release. Here's an overview of what our progress was, and what still lies ahead:

Early Access Release - October 2018
Tech Update #1 - November 2018
Content Update #1 introducing Janus, the first boss- January 2019
Tech Update #2 - February 2019
Combat Overhaul Update with the introduction of character progression - June 2019
Content Update #2, "Call of Jurmum" A.K.A. The City Update- September 2019
Store update (soundtrack+artbook) - November 2019

Full version release - 30 January 2020 - with tons of new content, new weapons, new locations, new music, new animations, re-balanced combat, optimization, new bosses, lore codex, story cut-scenes, and more!

Please check out our development blog for details!

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Elderborn takes place in a classic, Howardian, dark fantasy setting where strength is the law and there is no place for mercy. Brutal melee combat featured in the game creates gory imagery on every step. Heads will fly. Literary. The world depicted in the game also pays aesthetic tribute to heavy metal album covers. Scantily-clad warrior maidens and buffed barbarians with some artistic anatomical liberties are to be expected (but no actual nudity).

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-7500
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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