A new free-to-play fighting game from the recently renamed Bandai Namco is on the way, titled Rise of the Incarnates. The third person, 2v2 brawler introduces a cast of characters known as “Incarnates,” humans that command the power of gods, and it will be available to play later this year.
The fights all take place in an arena-like environment, and feature ranged, melee, and special attacks unique to each character, while players can dash and jump across the area as they chip away at their opponents’ health. So far only four characters have been revealed, but they range the gamut in abilities and origins, and give us a hint at the game’s tone. The first character is a former doctor that has taken on the persona of the Grim Reaper, complete with the ability to summon zombies. Next is Ares, a human that can transform into the god of war. Lilith is another human capable of transforming into an incarnation of the mother of all demons. Finally, Mephistopheles is a human capable of becoming a destructive demon.
The game is all about combat, but the developers have created a deep and rich lore to go along with it. A comic book is on the way that will expand upon the universe seen in the game and fill in some of the gaps, and the first issue is available now for free online, with more issues on the way.
The game is currently accepting sign-ups for the alpha, and participants will be notified when it opens. No release date has been issued yet, but Rise of the Incarnates will be out later this year.