Cryengine-Powered Open World ARPG Umbra Hits Greenlight & Kickstarter

Having not too long ago started its crowd-funding campaign and petitioning for votes on Steam Greenlight, action RPG Umbra has a lot going for it. Looking a bit like Sacred with its promise of combining a large open world with Diablo-esque hack-n-slash gameplay, Umbra is the kind of game you’d expect to come out of an accomplished developer, not a newcomer like SolarFall Games. Especially since they opted to use Cryengine, of all things, to create some of the best looking isometric gameplay I’ve ever seen.

A quick blurb from the developers tells you what they’re trying to do:

    An isometric view open world action-RPG taking place in a corrupted world falling apart. You are a former officer of army of the Human Republic, forced to flee the death penalty because of the magic powers you have unwillingly developed. Being tracked down by humans and hunted by the monsters of the Wild, you are recruited by a mysterious group of Templars. And thus an epic adventure begins in which you will wander the world to fight inhuman, mutated monsters and discover the terrible secret of the extinguishing mankind.
    The game features a unique mechanic called Apocalyptic Form that allows players to shape shift into a highly customized character! You’re free to mold your character thanks to a deep and rich customization system. And thanks to our complex crafting mini-game and our housing module you will be able to make your adventure feel as YOUR adventure!
    As you can see from our video, the detailed environments, intense action and impressive effects are beautifully created thanks to the next-gen technology of the CRYENGINE.

There’s no question that the game looks gorgeous, even at this stage. The only question is whether the gameplay is as impressive. Either way, it looks like something Sacred fans may want to keep an eye on.

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

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