Guardians of Ember, or as it’s called in Taiwan, Embergarde, is coming west! Guardians of Ember is the newest title from Runewaker, the developer behind Runes of Magic and Dragon’s Prophet. It’s already launched a Steam page, website, and Facebook page to show off trailers, screenshots and share info on what to expect from the game including it’s initial plans for localization in places like North America and Europe.
Here is some of what they had to say about Guardians of Ember on their Steam page
“Although the game is almost feature complete, we are still working on the English localization (mostly finalizing Act 3-5 which will be included in the final product) and smaller balancing and polishing tasks. Instead of waiting for the complete localization we want to use the Early Access phase to gather feedback from the community by releasing Act 1 & 2 first.
After years of war the world of Olyndale has descended into chaos.
As a Guardian of Ember, your brotherhood marks the last line of defense against a dark menace. Sinister forces threaten the land and can only be stopped by the ancient Ember. The future of Olyndale lies on your shoulders. It is your fate – and your duty – to retrieve the magic stone and bring back peace to Olyndale.
Choose from six different classes and extend your skill set by selecting a secondary class after reaching level 15. A variety of 58 different regions with over 60 randomized and challenging dungeons await, where you battle against monsters, mortals and the living dead during your crusade to retrieve the Ember.
– dual class system (available from level 15)
– near unlimited character optimization (4 races, 6 classes, over 300 of active and passive skills)
– randomized dungeons with individual difficulty settings
– crafting and enchanting system: Design your perfect equipment
– housing system: Decorate your own house with hundreds of items
– engaging story with hundreds of quests
– various PVP options (1vs1, 3vs3, 5vs5 – ranked and unranked)”
With about a year successfully running in Taiwan, the game seems to have quite a bit of content, stable, and now simply going through localization into different languages. But what about their monetization plan?
“Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?
“While the final pricing has not been decided yet, beside the fact that Early Access buyers have our eternal gratitude they also benefit from their early decision due to the several ingame bonus items and benefits that we put into the different packages.”
After reading the General Discussion section on the Steam page I found a quote from the developer also stating this:
“Due to game design related changes Guardians of Ember is Buy to Play instead of Free to Play.”
Guardians of Ember is running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for it’s German localization. Potential backers can select from a wide range of options to receive simply a game key to additional premium packages with T-shirts and more. They have already reached their goal and just this week they decided to extend the campaign with a stretch goal of adding a Hardcore mode in which players will have only one life to live in the game. A surprising feature considering that this is an MMOARPG.
I for one am excited to see this game come to the west. In fact, even though I’m not German, I decided to back the project on their IndieGoGo campaign. Sure I could probably have gotten a Steam key for free if I asked, but I really like what I see and the other bonuses like in-game goodies and T-shirt sounded fun! 😀 I think Guardians of Ember will be a solid game and a fun addition to my ARPG library among many other great looking ARPGs coming out here in 2016 to 2017!
For more information on the game, IndieGoGo campaign and more, see the links below. And as always, keep your eyes open for more on my YouTube channel and GamePlayPlus.com!