ELDERBORN is a skill-based slasher infused with ancient heavy metal melee combat. Slice your way through an adventure inspired by the cult classics of the FPP genre and relive the old-school feeling of a game that doesn’t hold your hand.
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Positive (34) - 97% of the 34 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 want to show the game to a wider audience - to you! Show that we are listening to your feedback and we'll be improving the game based on your suggestions.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We want to release the game somewhere in Q1/Q2 2019, so as long as everything goes as planned, the game will stay in Early Access for several months.”

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

“Gameplay-wise, the full version will be longer (approximately 3 times longer, with different areas than those in the Early Access version), will contain more enemies and more weapons. We are also planning to improve gameplay by adding new gameplay features, including collectibles (we plan to give more variety and give the player more reasons to collect them, by, for example, introducing some power-ups). Other language versions are also being discussed but will most likely appear in the release version.
We also keep improving the game's performance.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The version can be fully completed from the beginning until the end, does not contain any critical bugs related to gameplay, audio or visual assets. We have run the game through a general QA to ensure that the players are satisfied with the quality and do not feel that we are treating Early Access as beta-testing.
The game contains a save system and a variety of video settings (resolution, vsync, texture quality, ambient occlusion and so on).”

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

“The price won't change.”

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

“We want to gather feedback from our Community members on the game's combat (abilities, overall feeling), level design (enemy placement, traps). We have already run focus tests and adjusted the game based on this kind of feedback, so we would like to continue following the path of building the game around end-users.”
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February 5


We are extremely happy about how you like our latest update! Keep being awesome and hit us with all the feedback you have. We. Are. ready.

Also, we've just released a hotfix with a few changes:
- improved mouse sensitivity (based on your feedback),
- fixed loading material upon changing the texture quality setting,
- fixed loading screen fade out.
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January 31



The end of January brings you the first Content Update!

With the new Early Access version of ELDERBORN we are introducing a number of new elements. You now have the opportunity to fight General Janus who wants to put you down with his sword. Who is Janus? Our introduction video will give you a glimpse of ELDERBORN's story, but this is only the beginning of what you will learn in the future.

We also feel that the game has been too easy, so we introduced some changes which should make it more difficult. We are looking forward to hearing your opinion on how the game is evolving, as well as how do you find the Janus bossfight - we'd love to know what you think about him, please share your strats with us! Maybe you have any exploits to beat him easily?

Here is a more detailed list of changes:
  • Intro video (for lore introduction, might be improved late)
  • Bossfight against General Janus
  • New level with a new type of trap
  • New weapon: sharp and deadly Officer Sickles
  • Weapon rebalance
  • Player balance changes
  • New music tracks and updates to tracks which have been already available
  • Enemies have better AI and use new attacks and moves
  • Javelins no longer pass through enemies - instead they hit them
  • Improve enemy reaction to hits, including one enemy hitting another
  • Item and weapon placement has been modified
  • End-game shows more upcoming content (it has some shots from the City level and is really worth checking out!) - please note that the loading screen there is quite extensive
  • Polish language is now available (Steam client interface needs to be set to Polish)
  • Target framerate limit setting
  • Improved optimization
  • Various bug fixes
  • We also need to mention that due to a new level and some changes in the placement of items and weapons we had to make old save data unusable - when launching the game after the update you will have to start from fresh regardless of your progress in the previous version.

What we decided to push to future updates:
  • Changes to collectibles (we are redesigning gold)
  • Power-up (same as gold)

What we are working on for future deliveries:
  • City level (let us know what do you think about the footage available after beating Janus!)
  • General improvements to player controls, movement and weapon
  • Blood decals

Good luck, WARRIORS!
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“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.”
Windows Central

“Elderborn is a title that deserves peoples attention for its minimalist style and ability to imbue the player with a sense of power and badassery using only music and awesome weaponry.”
Cog Connected

“Elderborn is a game intended for players who love slashers, but also for people who need to release their stress after a difficult day - what works better than kicking an undead into the abyss? I can't wait until the game evolves and I can kick the ass of the first boss because gameplay gives a lot of fun.”
Kulturalne Media

About This Game

ELDERBORN is a skill-based slasher infused with ancient heavy metal melee combat. Slice your way through an adventure inspired by the cult classics of the FPP genre and relive the old-school feeling of a game that doesn’t hold your hand.

Imagine a dungeon, a dungeon full of evil and corruption that needs to be put down back to sleep. A mysterious ancient ruin full of deadly traps, vicious monsters, and omnipresent death. Now visualize yourself - you're a warrior, you're huge, and you certainly know how to fight.

Ready to take on the challenge that will bring back your best memories of heroic fantasy classics? Well, in that case - welcome to ELDERBORN.

You will love it if:
  • you’re a sucker for skill-based melee combat and a subscriber of the GIT GUD philosophy of gaming
  • you’re sick of procedurally-generated content and for a change you would like to explore extensive, hand-designed, devious dungeons
  • you feel that ending a life of an enemy with a well-placed kick is something that’s been missing from your life
  • you always wanted to find out how DOOM would feel if it had swords and a warhammer instead of guns
  • you miss the old-school feel of a game that does not hold your hand
  • you pray at the altars of Dio, Lemmy and other mighty Gods of Metal

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System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-4700MQ
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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