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September Fatalis

Dark fantasy role-playing game coming soon

Eagerly anticipated first person role-playing game Arx Fatalis will finally see the light of day on September 27th, courtesy of Austrian publisher JoWooD. Arx Fatalis is set in a (literally) dark fantasy world where the sun has disappeared, plunging the city of Arx into darkness and leaving its inhabitants scurrying underground into the old dwarven mines beneath it. Now it's up to you to brave goblins, ratmen and giant spiders in a bid to defeat the evil cult of Akbaa and save the world from ruin. And as if that's not pressure enough, there's also the slight matter of uncovering your own true identity, because your character is (you guessed it) suffering from amnesia. We've been looking forward to this one for some time now, and the preview code we took for a spin a few months back was already looking promising. With a novel setting, a lengthy storyline, varied locations to explore, and a novel gesture based magic system (which looks vaguely reminiscent of the flawed interface used by Black & White but proved easier to control in practice), it should be well worth a closer look come September. In the meantime you'll have to make do with a batch of new screenshots of the game in action. Related Feature - Arx Fatalis screenshots

Going underground

Source - press release