Fight & strategize your way through spectacles and arenas -- rise from lowly slave to Grand Champion and earn your freedom. Or... die trying. This Gladiator RPG Roguelite features in-depth career management and a unique physics simulated combat system. To those who are about to die, I salute you!
Recent Reviews:
Mostly Positive (57) - 78% of the 57 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (5,258) - 88% of the 5,258 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 14, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a solo dev I absolutely need quality feedback and time to refine the game after its been put in your hands! Great feedback can only happen when people are already playing.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Progress speed is extremely hard to estimate as a single developer. I expect at least 8-12 months. My aim is deliver a great game - this can take time. Expect frequent meaningful updates with a fully transparent development process.”

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

“The game will enter Early Access with most major core features implemented and a fully playable experience with character growth and progression, as well as enough content to keep the game fresh.

The game will exit Early Access (v 1.0) with much more content and new secondary features. It will also include iteration on the combat system and many balancing changes. New content includes more traits, items, arenas, backstories, events and more. New features include controller support, localisations, completely new game modes and more. A full list and roadmap can be found on the Official Discord channel.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All major core features are complete and a significant amount of content is completed and in-game. Complex physics based combat, a roguelite experience with progression and RPG features such as skills and customisable equipment. All features listed in the 'About' section are already implemented. My goal was to enter Early Access properly with a fully playable game that could have been released in full.
Balancing issues and bugs may (will) of course exist and will be ironed out over time.”

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

“The price will likely remain consistent at full release.”

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

“I personally read almost all feedback and really take suggestions to heart - just ask the Discord community! I feel I have taken the game as far as I can on my own, now - together with the Steam and Discord community - I hope to shape the game to its final state.”
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IMPORTANT: This game is ACTUALLY different!

Get ready to re-learn how to fight. This game features a physics based combat system with directional attacks. It'll take time to master! Don't worry, gladiators exist to be sacrificed. You control your character fully, at all times, based on complex inputs - you will never sit there while an animation plays.

This game's combat will take practice: at first you will find it hard to even hit anything properly. To win and master combat you will have to slow down and pay attention, pressing random buttons in a panic will only send your gladiator to an even earlier grave. You will learn how to move, how to use momentum to hit HARD, how to hit targeted weak spots and eventually, you will make up your own moves and fight in your own style.

An unforgiving Gladiator Roguelite experience.

Take control of a gladiator with a single life, that you lead to an inevitable dea-- I mean, to victory and glory! Fight from the Pits to the Arena into the Stadium, pleasing larger and larger crowds until you finally become a legend of the Grand Stadium.

Each run is totally unique!

There are many roads to becoming champion. Try different approaches and improvise through the randomisation to survive in the long run.

Strategise your way to victory - combat skills alone are not enough!

Deal with random events, choose your next matches, please the rich patrons, please the crowds, expand your school, setup your training regime, bribe for information, hire professional help... and much more!

Fully modular equipment system!

Progress and purchase/loot weapons and armor. Master 8 weapon classes that all play differently. Spend hard earned gold and influence and outfit your character piece-by-piece.

Welcome to Terantia: the city of games!

Step into over a dozen arenas of different sizes and styles, each with random variations.
Fight in group battles or take on tense one-on-one duels that test your skills. How long can you last before your inevitable glorious death?

Other features include:

  • Starting backstories with different traits and goals
  • Permanent bonuses for each backstory's victory
  • Dynamic audiences that respond to your actions. Don't just win: entertain!
  • A ranking system with rewards (levelling up)
  • Character skills that grow as you perform the relevant actions
  • And much, much more!

Now into the arena, Aspirant!

To those who are about to die, I salute you!

  • Jordy

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: 64-bit Windows 7 / Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.66 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 670
    • Storage: 6000 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500, 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 1060
    • Storage: 6000 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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