Ever wanted to explore the world, in a Viking-inspired environment? While we have the likes of AC: Valhalla, Shores Unknown is a turn-based game that focuses on narrative and a more fluid combat system.
From Vallynne and Hitcents, the game has just gone to Early Access and looks very promising. The developers are heavily influenced by Western and Japanese RPGs, incorporating their “original blend of narrative, exploration and combat, inspired and affected by our varied cultural backgrounds”.
In Shores Unknown, you take command of a newly promoted captain looking to take charge of a crew, escaping the shackles of the ‘tight-fisted Crown and their stalwart Inquisition’.
Unfortunately, the land is damned with an all-consuming god that closes on all those that take to the sea, so exploration isn’t advised. Prove them wrong in an adventure that features some unique combat, not so typical of the genre.
Our goal is to create battle experiences which are thoughtful and tactical, but also feel dynamic and fast-paced. Your decisions as a player matter, but the characters aren’t mere pawns and will use their AI to position themselves, manoeuvre around the enemies and react to the ever-changing battlefield situation accordingly when acting out your orders.Lead Developer Ilya Rudnev
Key features in Shores Unknown include:
- Gridless tactical turn-based combat – take your time to assess the situation and command your characters in the Order Phase, then watch your strategy come to life during the Action Phase as the characters maneuver around the battlefield and carry out their orders.
- Adaptive character advancement system – characters learn new skills and unlock new classes depending on their equipment and combat choices.
- Deep party customization options – allow the player to build the perfect mercenary team of their choice, allowing full control over equipment and skills used by each character.
- Vibrant world – rendered in low-poly stylistic full of little details to immerse yourself in. Explore the various locations of the game, interact with dozens of characters and uncover the secrets of the Shores.
Here’s some of it in action:
Shores Unknown is available now in Early Access. Details can be found below.