The Forbidden Arts is an action adventure platformer. When the hero, Phoenix, seeks the counsel of a druid to make sense of his visions, she awakens the latent pyromancy within him. This begins an epic journey to save the world of Chora from the blight of an evil necromancer.
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Why Early Access?

“Early Access will provide us the opportunity to collect valuable feedback we otherwise may not be able to obtain. We take every player's opinions and feedback into account and will do our best to implement changes and updates accordingly.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We estimate The Forbidden Arts to be in Early Access until early to mid 2019.”

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

“The Early Access version of The Forbidden Arts includes all of the content from the full release except for the final boss fight and ending cutscene. This last portion of content will be withheld from the game until the full release.

Although game content is available to play, certain features are missing from the game. We are planning to introduce the following features throughout the remainder of development:

Version 0.7.x : Revamp/finalize level design and AI
Version 0.8.x : Add dungeon maps and teleport stones for easier map navigation
Version 0.9.x : Localize the game into all languages and make final tweaks/polish
Version 1.0 : Exit Early Access

As we continue to polish existing content, both audio and visual aspects of the game are likely to change.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version of The Forbidden Arts includes all of the content from the full release except for the final boss fight and ending cutscene. This last portion of content will be withheld from the game until the full release.

English is currently the only available language at this time.

The game's options menu allows you to change resolutions, switch quality settings, modify shadows, anti-aliasing, toggle VSync, adjust audio volume, and allows customized key bindings. Gamepad controls are not customizable, but there is a visual map showing the control schemes.”

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

“The Forbidden Arts will be priced at a discount during Early Access. When the game is complete and exits Early Access the price will increase.”

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

“We are active in The Forbidden Arts community on Steam and we encourage players to share their experiences and provide feedback. We are also active on our social media channels including Twitter and Facebook, and we encourage players to get in contact with us and follow along as we continue to update the development of the game.”
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July 31

Version 0.7.1.0 is live! Check out what's new!

Very pleased to announce a new version of The Forbidden Arts has just gone live. The highlight of this update is a new version of The Green Vale world map as it's been revamped once again, and it feels really smooth and fluid and we believe the design is much better now. There is new animated grass that can be quite taxing on lower end hardware. With this new grass we run 160fps on a GTX 1080 and i7 6700k rig. It's by far the biggest performance hit we experience as we normally run the game on average at about 300fps. If you have a lower-end rig and you experience lag, then please visit the video options menu and disable animated foliage, which will turn off the animated grass and dramatically increase FPS. Such features are not meant for low-end hardware. Expect more improvements to remaining world maps in the near future.

Besides modifying this world map we've been hard at work on lots more. Here's what else has been changed/improved in version 0.7.1.0:

- Modified the background story cutscene
- Fixed/Improved some AI
- Fixed some death trigger colliders in Temple of Spirit
- Various Bug Fixes

Check out the updated story trailer below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y27S6BQWpTg

**Known Issue: Changing quality settings in the video options menu during gameplay can have weird effects on various shaders in the game with some video cards. Restarting the game will fix this. We are working on a permanent fix and will implement it in a future build.**

Stay posted for more updates and thanks for playing The Forbidden Arts.
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July 21

Version 0.7.0.0. Fixed!

There was an issue with version 0.7.0.0 but it's now fixed. Let us know if you encounter any issues, but it should be good. We hope you enjoy all that's new!
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About This Game

**A game controller is not required to play The Forbidden Arts, but is highly recommended**

The Forbidden Arts is an action adventure platformer with a focus on discovery and exploration. When the hero of the game, Phoenix, seeks the counsel of a druid to make sense of his visions, she awakens the latent pyromancy within him. This begins an epic journey from Phoenix’s humble beginnings to leading a powerful party on a mission to save the world of Chora from the blight of an evil necromancer.

• Channel your pyromancer flame to cast devastating spells upon enemies and bosses, protect yourself from harm and manipulate the environment.

• Explore massive worlds with the ability to save your progress nearly anywhere and any time.

• Test your agility as you scale walls, jump gaps, climb vines and maneuver through several distinct environments filled with obstacles and challenges.

• Progress through a captivating storyline following a young man who seeks the truth about himself and finds a grand adventure of ancient magic.

• Embark on quests from friendly NPCs and solve puzzles you encounter along the way.

• Discover long-forgotten secret items and locations to unlock abilities and earn achievements.

The time has come to summon your inner fire and prove to the world you have what it takes to be called a pyromancer. Play The Forbidden Arts today.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 - 32 Bit
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 450 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 5750
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10 - 64 Bit
    • Processor: Intel i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD R9 290
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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