If you thought Gorn was a little on the violent side, just wait until you see Blade and Sorcery.
This new VR game from indie developer WarpFrog just announced a December release window for its Early Access build, as well as a closed beta that’s currently getting underway. Blade and Sorcery is a fantasy combat game that prides itself on impressive physics; as you can see in the trailer below weapons interlock in realistic ways and objects like chairs can be used to defend yourself. Lets be honest, though, what’s really noticeable about the trailer is all of the stabbing going on.
Though Blade and Sorcery also includes spells and archery, the focus of the trailer is on just how convincingly you can plunge a sword, dagger or axe into your opponents to make them suffer. It’s certainly not for the squeamish; at one point the player buries one blade into an enemy’s torso before stabbing him through the cheek with another as he drops his jaw from the pain. Oh and then you can see one poor guy get electrocuted before having a spear rammed through his mouth. Nice.
True, Gorn was a very bloody VR game, but its focus on the slapstick nature of violence kept it from any kind of real controversy. We can’t wait to test out the strength of Blade and Sorcery’s combat systems, though we’ll also be intrigued to see the wider reactions to what looks to be one of VR’s goriest games yet.
We don’t have a more specific release date for the game, but we do know it’ll support the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR headsets at launch. In Early Access you’ll find three maps, eight weapons, three spells and three enemy classes. You’ll also be able to customize your own avatar. There’s no mention of multiplayer for now but, going forward, WarpFrog plans to add a player skill tree and an inventory system as well as more maps and the like. The final release could be anywhere from six months to two years from December.